GS1 standards that capture information

With the help of our capturing standards, a physical product or item is connected to its digital world.

The best known of GS1's standards is the EAN barcode, which already turned 50 years old in the spring of 2023. Today, that symbol is on more than a billion products, it is scanned more than 10 billion times a day, and products are identified with it in 150 countries.

Barcodes are machine-recognizable numbers and letters that can be read, stored and processed by information systems and scanners. They are used to carry information useful in business processes, such as product numbers, serial numbers or batch and date information. Barcodes and the standardized, i.e. structured, uniform information behind them enable efficient, reliable and transparent data flows from raw material production to trade.

In addition to barcodes, GS1's identification standards cover EPC/RFID tags, which, like barcodes, are attached directly to the physical object. In addition, we provide standards that define consistent interfaces for scanners, printers, and other components that connect GS1 data carriers to business applications.


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Order first GS1 Company Prefix

The first step to using GS1's identification standards is to purchase a GS1 Company Prefix. It forms the basis of your company's identifiers.

All GS1 barcodes

You can find a comprehensive list and more detailed information about GS1 barcodes on the GS1 Global website.

GS1 Application Identifiers

GS1 Application Identifiers are prefixes used in barcodes and EPC/RFID tags to define the meaning and format of data attributes. They tell you how to  include product data beyond the GTIN, such as lot number, serial number, best before date or expiration date, to the codes. You can find a comprehensive list of application IDs on GS1 Global's website.