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The GS1 system is used in more than 20 industries, from fresh foods and foodservice to apparel, DIY etc. from transport and logistics to specific segments such as health, defense or aerospace.

In GS1 in Europe, we are dedicated to supporting the use of GS1 standards in these sectors and work with both the users and GS1 Member Organisations to produce common recommendations for the whole European region.

What can you find here?

In this section, you will access all the guidelines, publications, project documents and deliverables on the topics you are interested in. 

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  • Our AIDC group works at ensuring that all GS1 data carriers (EAN-13 barcodes, logistic labels, GS1 DataBar etc.)  are used consistently throughout European countries.

  • Moving cash is vital to banks, retailers and cash transporters. We help cash handlers speak the same language by providing standards for interoperable and traceable cash flow operations.

  • In most sectors, European regulations require that products be tracked and traced at all times along the supply chain. At GS1 in Europe, we provide guidance to companies on how to use GS1 standards consistently all across Europe, ensuring that European regulation requirements are met.

  • MOs throughout the European region offer (subjective to MO maturity) the same kind of services. An increase of the number of customers is to be expected (for example because of development of services related to marketplaces). New techniques and insight on customer journey are developed continuously. 

  • Data is at the heart of every business and regulations are becoming more and more demanding regarding product information. Our Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) supports the sharing of trusted product data between trading partners.

  • The European Union has an increased demand for interoperable, secure and open public procurement processes. GS1 eInvoicing standards offer optimised and interoperable transactions between governments and businesses.

  • Trading partners need to exchange business data in a rapid, efficient and accurate manner. GS1 Electronic Commerce standards provide a reliable and cost effective way of sharing transactional data.

  • Our GS1 in Europe ELS group aims at ensuring that the needs of European companies are taken into account when global standards are produced in the “GS1 Standards Factory” (GSMP).

  • This activity aims at monitoring the European regulations that might have an impact on our customers’ businesses. We also cooperate with European trade associations to ensure that our respective activities are complementary.

  • The fruit and vegetable business is a global business with suppliers from all parts of the world. The fruit and vegetable sector has made a clear decision to adopt the GS1 System to improve the efficiency of the supply chain.

    The reason for this is that within European fruit and vegetable trade relationships, traders and retailers have encountered divergences in identifying fruit and vegetable products as a result of: the use of different product identification, the use of different information exchange approaches from one country to another, and diverging business practices. In order to harmonise the way of dealing with fruit and vegetable products, these companies have asked GS1 in Europe to improve the integration of the GS1 Fresh Food Solutions and to develop a comprehensive integrated Implementation Guide including GS1-Standards for Identification, Barcoding, Master Data Management and Electronic.

    As trade of fresh fruit and vegetables is a global business, the intention is to build recommendations that are globally applicable and built on global GS1 standards. Additionally, since in Europe the same legislation applies in a large number of countries, the legislation needs to be taken into account when developing a solution.

    Any GS1 member organisation or fruit & vegetables company is invited to join the group to build this framework and share experiences with business partners. More information can be found below.

  • RFID is a technology allowing real-time visibility of goods throughout the supply chain. European companies have come together to agree on rules around the usage of this technology in Europe. 

  • The GS1 in Europe Healthcare group aims at ensuring that best practices regarding patient safety and medicine traceability are shared among European countries, and compliant with the latest EU regulations.

  • Nowadays, products can be bought online, in stores or via mobile apps. Our groups are helping the retail sector integrate operations needed to meet the challenges of this new and diverse marketplace. GS1 standards enable consumers to be provided with an interactive and seamless research on goods they're interested in. More information here



  • All types of GS1 numbers (product codes, location identifiers, pallet numbers etc.) need to be checked and validated. GS1 provides a tool to control all these numbers and make sure they are valid all around the world.

  • The European luxury cosmetics sector has specific characteristics making it quite different from the FMCG: numbers and size of items stored in a shop, speed at which they are sold etc. Stakeholders of this sector decided on the use of GS1 Standards to comply with the latest EU regulations, improve efficiency and competitiveness of the supply chain. 

  • Today, commerce in Europe is based on cross border transportation of goods. GS1 RFID Railways standards allow to optimise the tracking of wagons, to enhance the maintenance and repair operations, and the sharing of information between operators.

  • Companies selling products online, through Google or an online retailer will more than likely be asked for a barcode, a product identifier, a GTIN or EAN number. GS1 is here to help companies get started online.

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