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Fighting Illicit Trade

Illicit trade and product counterfeiting are serious problems with negative consequences for international and national authorities, brand owners, distributors, retailers and consumers.

GS1 members are committed in the fight against illicit trade by extending GS1 standards-based solutions to speed-up deployment, limit disruption, and promote interoperability with consumer-facing apps.

Relevant information from the EU and WHO

GS1 FIT AIDC Standards (ID and barcode)

This application standard provides a normative GS1 response to a specific regulatory requirement. It covers identification and marking of various entities per the European Commission Implementing Regulation on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products. If other regulatory authorities adopt the EC approach, this application standard is intended to support their efforts and enable global interoperability.

GS1 master data standards for economic operator, facility, machine, and product (unit pack) identifier requests

The purpose of this document is to create standardised messages to create and manage the unique identification of economic operators, facilities, machines and unit-level items. In addition, there is messaging for registry responses and for message recall.  The assumption is that these messages will be APIs that will interact with a registry.  The information sent to the registry and received from the registry will be in the JSON format.

GS1 EPCIS Application Standard

This application standard explains how to implement the GS1 EPCIS standard to combat illicit trade, particularly in the context of EU 2018/574. This application standard leverages GS1’s existing EPCIS and CBV standards, and introduces new, FIT-specific GS1 normative content.

GS1 EPCIS and CBV (Core Business Vocabulary) Standards

GS1 Tag Data Standard

GS1's EPC Tag Data Standard (TDS) defines the Electronic Product Code (EPC), including its correspondence to GS1 keys and other existing codes. TDS also specifies data that is carried on Gen 2 RFID tags, including the EPC, user memory data, control information, and tag manufacture information.

GS1 Order EDI Message

The order message allows a buyer to order specified quantities of goods and services from a seller for a single shipment to- or from- a single location.

GS1 EDI Invoice Message

The invoice message is sent by the supplier to the customer claiming payment for goods or services that were supplied under conditions agreed by the buyer and seller.

GS1 Settlement (Pay) EDI Message

The goal of the settlement message is to send payment instructions and/or remittance information.