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Disbanded Groups - SMG

GSMP Event Sharing SMG - Group was merged with Traceability SMG and a new group was launched

This Standard Maintenance Group (SMG) facilitates the maintenance of standards and requirements for EPC Information Services (EPCIS), Object Name Service (ONS), Core Business Vocabulary (CBV), Discovery Services [DS] and data exchange requirements. These standards and requirements form the framework that enables immediate, automatic, and accurate identification and location of any item in the supply chain of any company anywhere in the world. This framework is based on global standards that ensure universal applicability and optimal functionality across the globe for all industry sectors. The participants in the group will: define end-user business requirements to the standards development process for driving adoption of the EPCglobal Network; organize into working groups focused on strategy, technical or implementation concerns; maintain the existing functional and interface software standards; and define how these elements interact with distributed enterprise systems. The members of the SMG will act as a pool of experts for assigned maintenance work requests and coordinate with associated Mission Specific work groups as defined in the GSMP Manual under section 3.4 Working Groups. For a detailed description of relevant standards and guidelines documents see: The GSMP SMG Standards & Guidelines Assignment Map above.

GSMP Traceability SMG - Group was merged with Event Sharring SMG and a new group was launched, this Standard Maintenance Group (SMG).

This group facilitates the maintenance of process Standards and Guidelines related to Traceability. The GS1 Global Traceability Standard is a business process standard. It was developed within the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), a community of from Asia, Europe and the Americas, representing retailers, suppliers, GS1 Member Organisations and solution providers, in a wide range of industries. GTS is a business process standard that was developed within the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) to provide the supply chain with the ability to track and trace goods and information and quickly respond to market needs. It is the key to successfully and efficiently managing today’s logistics supply chain and to support product quality and safety management. The members of the SMG will act as a pool of experts for assigned maintenance work requests and coordinate with associated Mission Specific work groups as defined in the GSMP Manual under section 3.4 Working Groups. For a detailed description of relevant standards and guidelines documents see: The GSMP SMG Standards & Guidelines Assignment Map above.

Disbanded Groups - MSWG

GSMP AIDC Healthcare Application Standard Updates MSWG - WO 10-303 - Work completed

This MSWG will define requirements and solutions to update the GS1 system of standards for the application of AIDC in Healthcare which may include application standards, allocation rules and guidelines.

GSMP Application Standard for MRO Objects in Rail MSWG - WO 16-146 - Work completed

The MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) in Rail working group is developing a global industry standard that describes the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul process. This standards will define key terms and establish common rules for selecting and assigning identification keys for various components. This standard will define rules for allocating these identifiers, as well as associating data attributes to track components through their life cycle.

GSMP B2C Digital Coupons MSWG - WO 10-007 - Work completed

This group is being formed to develop a standard identification and attributes for digital coupons. It is a requirement that digital and traditional coupon offerings be aligned at an architectural level therefore experts from traditional and digital fields are required to participate.

The move from paper to digital technologies has provided in the past increased efficiency, greater, accuracy, better scalability and higher flexibility in lots of business areas including but not limited to the retail value chain. So it can be expected that proliferation of digital coupons is likely to be beneficial for all stakeholders that are involved in the couponing value chain. The mobile channel is of strategic importance for brands and retailers alike and the time is right to look into it, since consumers are already using their mobile phones to access coupons and promotions. Mobile couponing campaigns are a reality in many countries today and usage is rapidly increasing.

GSMP B2C Trusted Source of Data (TSD) MSWG - WO 11-000245 - Work completed

This group will develop the standards and guideline necessary to implement GS1 B2C Trusted Source of Data for all stakeholders. Digital Information about consumer products is frequently missing or inaccurate. With these standards and guideline we can provide a global framework to communicate basic and nutritional product information from brand owners to internet application providers and consumers via internet devices (e.g. smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.).

The mission of this group is to enable sharing of trusted product information for Health/Beauty Products between businesses and consumer facing applications in an efficient and meaningful way. Sharing can be enabled through networks like GS1 Source that connect applications to brand-authorised aggregation services. For more information click here.

GSMP Barcode EPC Implementation Guideline MSWG - WO 11-016 - Work completed

This group will develop a guideline that explains the proper implementation of the existing standards to achieve interoperability between data carriers, specifically Bar Codes and RFID tags and their supporting infrastructure. This includes reading, decoding, conveying data between Bar Codes and EPCs, and marking them. Finally, the correlation of ERP or database records with GS1 keys stored in EPCIS is addressed.

GSMP Basic Unique Device Identification – Device Identification (Basic UDI-DI) MSWG - Work Completed

Develop a GS1 standard solution to enable the implementation of the Basic Unique Device Identification (UDI) – Device Identification (ID) for medical device companies worldwide. The design will include the flexibility to allow additional industry sectors to potentially leverage this solution in the future.

GSMP Components and Parts Identification MSWG - WO 11-110 - Work completed

Many industries and industry sectors, such as automotive, need to be able to uniquely identify components and parts used to build or assemble products. A new identifier might need to be added to the GS1 system to address this business need. The group will define the business requirements for the identifier and the applications where it might be used with GS1 system components, e.g. bar codes, RFID, EPCIS, eCom, etc.
The standard was ratified in May 2013. The group remains open to develop an implementation guide.

GSMP Consumer Product Variant in the Global Data Synchronisation Network MSWG - WO 17-226 - Work completed

Develop the requirements and GS1 solution to enable data exchange for Consumer Product Variant information through the Global Data Synchronisation Network. The actual implementation of Consumer Product Variant by Data Pools with their trading partners is out of scope. Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe

GSMP Discovery Services Working Group - WO 10-097 - Work moved to the GSMP Pedigree Security, Choreography and Checking Service MSWG

This group will define the necessary technical interface standard(s) needed to support the ‘discovery’ of visibility data in a network of supply chain partners. The Discovery Services Working Group is migrating from the former EPC process to the New GSMP process. If you are a current member of this work group, you will be required to re-join this group in the GS1 Community Room. If your company was opted-in to the DS WG, you do not need to re-opt-in. If your company was not opted into this group, you will need to follow the instructions to join this group.

GSMP eCom Intelligent Packaging MSWG - WO 09-167 - Work completed

Define standard requirements for packaging design/artwork and a standard communication approach to reduce processing time, increase productivity, and reduce error rates and possibility enable manufacturers to accurately communicate packaging content to eRetailers, driving eCommerce speed to market and quality.

GSMP eCom Logistics Standards MSWG - WO 09-189 - Work completed

Develop a framework of common business processes and related data communications interchanges for Logic Service Providers in the Consumer Packaged Goods supply chain and drive alignment on all levels of these interoperations from master data alignment to financial settlement. This framework is called the LIM, the Logistics Interoperability Model.

GSMP EPC Tag Data & Translation Standards V1.6 MSWG 10-204 - Work completed

This Group will produce updates to two existing GS1 EPCglobal Standards. The scope of work (driven by user input) is to add two new EPCglobal headers to meet Statement of Business needs for Aerospace and Defense, and address privacy requirements from the EPCglobal Tag Alterations Joint Requirements Group. This team will also update the Tag Data Translation (TDT 1.4) to make it current with all headers defined in TDS 1.6, and develop Conformance Requirements to provide the basis for certifying suppliers of software and encoders of EPC tags per the TDS 1.6.

The necessary IP forms for this Working Group are the EPCglobal IP DOCUMENTS. This was a board approved deviation for the purpose of expediting this work effort in the new GSMP process. Anyone signing the GS1 IP policy who wishes to join this work effort may do so by signing the GS1 - EPCglobal Acknowledgement form.

GSMP EPC Information Service (EPCIS) 1.1 and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) MSWG - WO 11-213 - Work completed

This group will create the requirements and solution for the next versions of the GS1 EPC Information Service (EPCIS) and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) standards. The purpose of these revisions is to address business needs arising in a variety of industries adopting EPCIS, including the Food industry, Healthcare industry, and others. The goal is to broaden EPCIS to support a growing number of industrial users.
Close Date: 31 March 2017

GSMP eSeal MSWG - WO 11-09 - Group did not reach minimum

This group will create requirements and changes to standards to improve the management of the container tracking at port by utilizing EPC encoded RFID technology to facilitate security, visibility, and traceability. There are many illegal activities which occur during container transportation. Due to its long transport journey and complex supply chain, criminals have opportunity to compromise the container’s integrity.

GSMP Event Based Traceability MSWG - WO 12-126 & 12-127 - Work completed

This group is developing standards to allow supply chain parties to meet regulation and/or business requirements for chain of custody or chain of ownership traceability, through the use of event data.
Specifically development of the following new GS1 standards are underway:

  1. Checking Services – a new standardized component in the GS1 Architecture, which can automatically collect upstream event data and analyse it for any gaps and inconsistencies
  2. A security framework – to ensure that event data can be shared securely on a ‘need-to-know’ basis (typically within the supply chain path, so that it does not leak into the hands of competitors and is not misused / analysed for other purposes). The security framework will also include non-repudiation features to ensure that the data can be trusted.
  3. Choreography models that explain how to use EPCIS repositories in combination with Checking Services. These are being defined for centralised, semi-centralised, distributed and hybrid approaches to the storage and retrieval of event data.
GSMP Fighting Illicit Trade MSWG - WR 18-091 - Work Completed

This initiative demonstrates GS1’s commitment to support WHO, European Commission, and other national regulatory goals to eliminate illicit sales of tobacco. Ensure GS1 standards support printing and validation of a barcode (e.g., DotCode) with GTIN and dynamic data (e.g., serial number) on high-speed production lines where current GS1 standards are inadequate. This also includes data sharing standards (EPCIS, EDI). Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Close Date: 17 July 2019

GSMP GDSN in Pharma MSWG - WO 15-191 - Work completed

Develop a Global Data Synchronisation Network implementation guide for pharmaceutical products and pharmacy. This guide will provide a complete listing of attributes used in countries implementing GDSN in healthcare based on standardized business process use cases. This guideline will help accelerate GDSN implementation in healthcare.
Close Date: 9 March 2016

GSMP GDS-GPP Sustainability MSWG - WO 10-169 - Work completed

The GDS-GPP Sustainability MSWG will integrate sustainability metrics into the Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) standards. The metrics will be developed within the Consumer Goods Forum (TCGF) by their Global Packaging Project (GPP) group. The standard was ratified in June 2013. The group remains open to develop an implementation guide.

GSMP GDS Key Validation MSWG - WO 10-291 - Work completed

GS1‟s focus on Data Quality coupled with the increased use of Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) has highlighted the need for ensuring the correct use of GS1 keys, especially GTINs. This document identifies a number of use-cases where catching an invalid key at, or close to, the source will improve overall data quality and thus cut costs for all parties involved in the supply chain.

GSMP GDS Major Release 3 MSWG - WO 11-156 - Work completed

Build a GDSN Major Release Version 3 for the GDS suite of standards from all maintenance GDS work requests and development BRAD’s approved since the last GDS Maintenance Release.

GSMP GLN Allocation Rules Update MSWG - WO 12-050 - Work completed

This group will collect and evaluate location identification current industry practices and use case scenarios to determine updates and improvements to the GLN-related standards and guidelines. This group will create the requirements to update impacted standards and supporting documents, including:

  • GLN Allocation Rules
  • GS1 General Specifications
  • GLN Healthcare Implementation Guide

Close Date: 17 May 2016

GSMP Global Model Number Standard - Update MSWG - WR 19-012 - Work completed

This group will update the Global Model Number (GMN) Standard to meet new requirements adopted by the European Medical Device Coordination Group on 30 November 2018. The new requirements were adopted to ensure the highest level of data quality in EUDAMED (European Database for Medical Devices). Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe
Close Date: 17 July 2019

GSMP Global Traceability Standard 2 (GTS2) MSWG - WO 17-031 - Work completed

This group will deliver a second version of the GS1 Global Traceability Standard. The standard will be based on GS1 standards and will enable full-chain traceability. The design will be a simple and user-friendly methodology, relevant for all industries that GS1 serves and inclusive of event-based sharing technologies (as well as traditional ways of exchanging data such as EDI).

GSMP GS1 EPCglobal Federated Object Name Service (FONS) MSWG - WO 10-308 - Work completed

This group will create the standard Federated Object Name System (FONS) to allow Country specific [MO] ONS instances. This is a peer service which supports a user locating the pointer to databases for a given class of products. It does not tell the user about a particular instance of a product. It is not a required that a MO has to develop an Object Name Service since they can stay with FONS offers a means to channel services that ONS does not currently provide and allows the integration of classes of items identified by bar codes, as well as what is currently done with EPC identifications.

GSMP GS1 Tag Data and Translation Standard 1.7 MSWG - WO 11-205 - TDS 1.7 version was completed in Component & Parts MSWG. Tag support for enhancements to UHF Gen 2 v2 will be re-chartered.

Add functionality to the GS1 EPC RFID Tag structures as defined in Tag Data Standard (TDS) and Tag Data Translation (TDT) to address consumer choice in retail. These additions to the tag structures will ensure visibility of all EPC RFID tags to users. Users then can take advantage of available systems developed by others to protect their user data.

GSMP GTIN+ on the Web MSWG - WO 10-010 - Work completed

Develop the technology and structure for online representations of elements of the GS1 System of Standards, including GS1 Keys, Attributes, and Attribute Values allowing Brand Owners and Retailers of any size to have more control over how their web pages and products and offerings are understood by the search engines and other content owners.
Close Date: 9 March 2016

GSMP Human Readable Interpretation Multi-Sector MSWG - WO Numbe 11-089 - Group did not reach minimums

This MSWG will discuss several business issues related to Human Readable Interpretation [HRI] and non-HRI packaging data and identify related changes to the GS1 General Specification for two scenarios:

  1. Human Readable Interpretation (HRI) for an implied Application Identifier (01) [for GTIN] that is not encoded in the data carrier and how to display beneath the GS1 carrier
  2. Human Readable Interpretation (HRI) around dynamic/master data encoded in the carrier, that may also be marked elsewhere on the product due to regional regulations*, thus displaying the information twice

*These regional regulations are sector specific for sectors such as Fresh Food and Healthcare that are represented in the multi-sector GSMP Community.

GSMP Implementation of GDSN in the Consumer Electronics Industry MSWG - WO Number 11-057 - Group did not reach minimums

This group will develop the Business Requirements Analysis Documents and applicable associated Business Message Standards to add master data attributes for the Consumer Electronics (CE) industry to the GDSN Standards. Consumer Electronic attributes may include items such as Hi-Tech & Multimedia products (e.g. TVs, DVD players, camcorders, digital cameras, etc.) and IT & Telecoms (e.g. laptops, computers, printers, mobile phones, etc.). Corresponding Business Message Standards will be determined by the annual Maintenance Release schedule of GDSN. This work will be completed in a phased approach by product category and sub-category. Phased work on individual product lines will lead to increasing synchronization across product categories as well as required data attributes and code lists. The group seeks trading partners from all sides of the trading relationship as well as subject matter experts that are familiar with Consumer Electronics GDS requirements and possess knowledge of GS1 standards and specifically the GDSN.

GSMP Level Below The Each (Unit Dose) MSWG - WO 10-301 - Work completed

Define requirements and AIDC solution for the identification of products below the current GS1 supported “each” level to provide identification of product below the item level. For example, Healthcare requires a level below each to identify items such as a unit dose; pills dispensed from one or more bulk packages or pills in blister packs. This effort will focus on marking and labeling for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) and recommendations for other affected GS1 system components such as Global Data Synchronization (GDS).
Call to Action Date: 26 May 2011
Close Date: 24 March 2013

GSMP Messaging for Verification of Pharmaceutical Saleable Returns MSWG - WR 18-061 - Work Completed

This group will develop a messaging standard for verification of Pharmaceutical saleable returns. Initially designed to meet the requirements of the US FDA DSCSA, the completed standard could potentially also be leveraged for other regulatory jurisdictions requiring verification of serialized products.. Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe

GSMP Mobile Ready Hero Images MSWG - WR 17-234 - Work Completed

Develop a GS1 guideline for product images presented in online retail environments on small screens, typically alongside ‘add to basket’ functions, that all brands can follow to achieve consistency in conveying brand, variant, format and size information concerning CPGs. Presentation on larger screens and in, for example, advertising, are out of scope. Standards Development Leader: David Buckley

GSMP Mobile Scanning & Digital Shelf Identification (MDID) MSWG - WO 13-206 - Work completed

Enhance GS1 Standards, enabling manufacturers and retailers to provide consumers with more accurate data for the specific product they are holding, seeing in a store or any other environment. In a subsequent phase, based on industry leadership input, the work group will update GS1 product identification standards related to managing trade items in ecommerce.
Close Date: 9 March 2016

GSMP National Health Reimbursement Number (NHRN) MSWG - WO 10-300 - Work completed

This MSWG is being formed to address NHRNs that are intended to be encoded in the AIDC marking with a focus on national numbers that are required in the AIDC marking and create a harmonized approach to ease integration of NHRNs into the GS1 system, using GS1 Product Identification Keys to uniquely identify Healthcare Trade Items in conformance with NHRN regulations. For a high level overview on this topic, the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team has created an “NHRN Discussion Paper” that can be found at: click here for GS1 HC LT discussion paper.

GSMP Scan4Transport MSWG - WR 18-207

This Work Group will review the business requirements identified by industry and develop a GS1 standard to enable the industry to encode the minimum required transport data in a 2D barcode on a logistics label.
The group will consider emerging standards such as uniform resource identifier (URI) for addressing the business needs.

The GSMP Scan4Transport Public Review 2020 was posted on 8 October 2020 and ran until 28 October 2020. Click here for more details

GSMP Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP) MSWG - WO 14-219 - Work completed

Develop a standard way to define scanning performance for applied RFID tags in various supply chain and retail environments. This standardization will reduce the need for custom testing protocols, reducing cost for all supply chain participants and promote broader adoption of EPC/RFID technologies.
The work will initially be based on the GS1 US Guideline “Tagged Item Performance Guideline”
The normative documents to be included in the standard may include but not limited to:

Grade Definition
Test Configuration
Process for adding additional grades and test configurations

GSMP UniqueID—GTIN Management MSWG - WO 16-112 - Work completed

The UniqueID project is dedicated to making the rules for GTIN management— and the sharing of data about minor product changes— simpler and more effective.

Working group objectives

The three objectives of the UniqueID—GTIN Management Working Group expected to be completed by June 2016 are:

  1. Consolidate the existing GTIN Allocation Rules into a set of clear, concise rules for GTIN management.
  2. Develop a clear, concise guideline that provides a decision process for GTIN management and that is authored from a business perspective.
  3. Evaluate positive and negative industry impacts of ending GTIN reuse (not Global Company Prefix reuse) and make recommendation on forward plan.
Standards impacted
  • GTIN Allocation Rules
  • GS1 General Specification
UHF Air Interface 1and2 Work Group - Work Completed

In UHFAI 1and2, this charter has incorporated consensus by the WG to develop two specifications. LCWD 1 will address extensions to Gen2 concerning user memory and recommissioning. LCWD 2 will address the security issues, which are more complex and dependent on the deliverables of the PDPC.
Close Date: 9 March 2016

GSMP Visibility4Cargo MSWG - WR 21-031 - Work completed

This group will create an Implementation Guide for integrated Track & Trace in Transport & Logistics across all modes of transport and all T&L network locations. It will include transportation steps that are linked to a specific sales order between Seller and Buyer (the transportation journey) and establish clear and unambiguous links between the sales contract (Trade View) and the related transport contracts (Transport View). 
Close date: 11 July 2022

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