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GS1 standards

We hold the keys to a true superpower: wherever we set our eyes, we see the possibilities created by standards. We want to share this power with our customers.

The correct and reliable information defined behind the standards is the key to a more responsible and cooperative world. To a world that creates new opportunities from information and its benefits. This is what we contribute to with our work at GS1 Finland, without choosing a side.


GS1 system and standards

GS1 standards create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations, assets and more. Businesses can also combine different GS1 standards to streamline business processes such as traceability.

With the GS1 system and its associated standards, businesses can comprehensively manage product information by ensuring complete transparency throughout the production and value chain.

GS1 offers a global, scalable identification system that can be used in any industry. The GS1 standards are used to identify and label products, locations and parties and to read and share information in a machine-readable format.


The standards are divided into three parts: identify, capture and share


GS1 identification standards include standards that define unique identification codes (called GS1 identification keys) which may be used by an information system to refer unambiguously to a real-world entity such as a trade item, logistics unit, physical location, document or service relationship.


GS1 data capture standards currently include definitions of bar code and radio-frequency identification (RFID) data carriers which allow GS1 Identification Keys and supplementary data to be affixed directly to a physical object, and standards that specify consistent interfaces to readers, printers, and other hardware and software components that connect the data carriers to business applications.



GS1 standards for information sharing include data standards for master data, business transaction data, and physical event data, as well as communication standards for sharing this data between applications and trading partners. Other information sharing standards include discovery standards that help locate where relevant data resides across a supply chain and trust standards that help establish the conditions for sharing data with adequate security.

Global information

You find more information about GS1 standards on our global site.