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Identifying a legal entity

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 legal entity is any business, government body, department, charity, individual, or institution that has standing in the eyes of the law and has the capacity to enter into agreements or contracts.

A legal entity must be allocated its own GLN when its legal name and/or legal address and / or legal registration number is different from other legal entities and there is a business need to identify the legal entity across organisations.

Legal entity