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GLN Management Rules


3. Party/location merger

A merger occurs when a two or more parties/locations are combined into a single party/location.

When a party or location is merged with another so that they will no longer function independently, one of the existing GLNs may remain in use. All other GLNs merged SHALL be removed from active use once their transition is completed.

Example business scenarios that require a new GLN

  • Company A purchases Company B and merges the acquired business into their organisation
  • Two (2) IT departments were previously identified separately. Due to how closely they operate, the two departments were merged under a single GLN
  • Multiple area with the same access point were merged under a single GLN.

Additional information

  • Local, national or regional regulations may require more frequent GLN changes. Such regulations have precedence over the rules provided within the GS1 GLN Allocation Rules Standard.
  • When a single GLN is used to identify a combination of parties and/or locations (i.e., legal entity, function, physical location, digital location), the GLN Management Rules applicable to¬†all¬†parties and locations identified SHALL apply.
  • Changes to GS1 Company Prefix or individual GS1 identification key licensing status SHALL be assessed based on GS1 General Specifications section 1.6 Allocation. GS1 Company Prefix or GS1 identification key licensees SHOULD refer to your GS1 Member Organisation for details specific to their licences.
  • Please contact your local GS1 Member Organisation for additional information and details on local requirements.