The supply chains of products continue to increase in scope and complexity. Companies operate more globally. Trading partners, regulators and consumers need and demand more information about the products they purchase and use. Complexity is driven by industry and consumer need and also enabled through the use of standards. Indeed increased scale of complexity of our global supply chains is made possible in part due to the success of interoperable GS1 standards.

With this added complexity the ability to track and trace the source of raw materials to the final destination of the product becomes ever more important. Traceability enables products to be made visible across the supply chain, building the fundamental blocks within quality, risk management and other types of systems.  See how Traceability works>

Traceability standards

Our standards offer globally unique identification and data capture of trade items, assets, logistic units, parties and locations. In addition, our standards enable critical data exchanges to be recorded so that there is alignment of traceability information between trading partners.

GS1 Global Traceability Standard


Traceability Schema

Business benefits

  • Enables targeted and effective recall of dangerous products from the market
  • Helps consumers be informed on key product attributes such as allergenic food ingredients

  • Helps fight counterfeiting and protects brand integrity

  • A key component in regulations and safety standards

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