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Identifying a function

A GLN identifying a party answers the question of “who” is involved within the use case leveraging GS1 standards. This may be a legal entity or function that defines who is transacting in a scenario.

GLN can be used to identify two types of parties: Legal entity and function.

A function is an organisational subdivision or department based on the specific tasks being performed, as defined by the organisation.

A function must be allocated its own GLN when its business purpose is different from other functions or more specific than other functions, and there is a business need to identify the function across organisations.

Note: If no functions are defined, the legal entity GLN is assumed to represent all functions of the organisation.