The GS1 system

The GS1 standards are designed to help you identify, capture, share and use information – wherever you are in the world. Our standards are the global language of business, supporting real-world supply chain business processes.

Learn more about the GS1 system below or visit the global GS1 Architecture Group for more information.

Why use GS1 standards?

Well-designed standards are the foundation for clear, understandable exchanges between trading partners. By using them, you can keep costs down and reduce complexity in your supply chain.

The GS1 standards are:

  • Global – no matter where you operate, the GS1 standards will work

  • Robust – they are purpose-built by industry, for industry

  • Multi-sector – they work within any organisation or business, and are widely adopted across different sectors

  • User-generated – they are built and maintained through a global, collaborative forum of volunteers from all industries

  • Scalable – they can be used by small businesses or multinationals


General Specifications Release 24.0