Companies or organisations who wish to participate in GS1 Standards Development (GSMP) Working Groups must sign the GS1 IP Policy and the Opt-in Agreement for each Working Group they wish to join.
Who must sign the IP Policy and Opt-In Agreements?
A signing authority representing your company’s headquarters must sign the GS1 IP Policy and Working Group Opt-in Agreements on behalf of your company and all affiliates. The signatory is usually a company officer or a legal counsel. While the IP Policy is signed once, an Opt-in Agreement is signed each time a participating company joins a Working Group because each Opt-in only applies to the work of a specific Working Group. Once a company’s signing authority has signed the Opt-in for a particular Working Group, any company employee can then join the Working Group.
An Automatic Opt-in Agreement exists that allows a company to be automatically opted-in to all current and future Working Groups. The company may choose whether to use the blanket opt-in or a specific opt-in for a particular Working group.
Resources for the signing authority:
Overview of the GS1 IP Policy Framework: