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Name change

6. Party/location name change

A name change occurs when updates to how a party/location is officially referred to take place.

Changes to the name of a party or location do not require the allocation of a new GLN.

Note: Changes to names commonly result from changes outlined in other rules, such as, mergers, acquisitions, legal framework changes, or splits.

Example business scenarios that would not require a new GLN

  • A company changes their legal, authoritative name.
  • A warehouse that was previously called Warehouse West was updated to Warehouse Alpha.
Guiding principles

While many situations involving contact changes will not impact the guiding principles, certain scenarios may.

Learn more about the guiding principles to help determine if your unique scenario may require a change.

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.