Traceability

Use the proven GS1 Traceability standard to track and trace items such as food or pharmaceuticals through the supply chain. 


The GS1 Traceability standard gives all parties within your supply chain a common business language so that you can design and implement a traceability system that works for all. 


Using a range of GS1 standards (such as barcodes, EPC and EDI standards), GS1 Traceability exists to:

  • Define the traceability process
  • Define minimum traceability requirements for all sectors and all types of products
  • Identify existing GS1 standards


It includes:

  • Identification of parties, items and events
  • Labelling and/or marking and/or tagging of products
  • The nature and type of data to be captured and collected
  • Record keeping including archiving/data storage
  • Communication and sharing of information (at the physical level using packaging labels and printed barcodes or at a data management level using EDI)
  • Links identification and management
  • Retrieval and search of information (the ability to track and trace a traceable item from creation to the point of sale, use or destruction depending on the industry, e.g. using a standards-based EPCIS)


All types of trade items – products, cartons, pallets and more – can be traced using the GS1 Traceability standard.


View the GS1 Traceability standard