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GS1 is an international non-profit organization. Until 2004 it was known as European Article Numbering-Uniform Code Council.

It has headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) and Princeton, New Jersey (US).

GS1 standard barcoding is increasingly used in health systems around the world. It was mandated in the 2014 NHS e-Procurement Strategy and is being pioneered in 2016 in six demonstrator sites: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. A GS1 UK healthcare advisory board has been established. Not only equipment and supplies but also staff and patients are barcoded.

The South Australia Department of Health decided to implement a GS1 procurement in 2007 linked to a tender for a master data management solution, which was implemented in 2016.


GS1 believes in the power of standards to transform the way we work and live. GS1 NZ helps industries and organisations of all kinds to do business better – efficiently, safely, collaborating, one way around the world.


GS1 create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets

GS1 enable visibility through the exchange of authentic data

GS1 empower business to grow and to improve efficiency, safety, security and sustainability.

Global language of Business

GS1 standards are a global language of business that overcomes differences in culture, geography and technology. They enable globally unique identification, information capture and sharing that is both local and global. GS1 standards are used by businesses and other organisations of all types in the Private and Public sectors in over 150 countries. They enable inter-operability for increased efficiency in supply chains and service delivery, without diminishing real competition in markets. GS1 standards are developed through collaboration among GS1 member businesses and other organisations, drawing on their real-world experiences and needs. The development of GS1 is supported by a global board of directors which include senior executives from companies such as Walmart, Amazon, B-Braun, Google, Alibaba and Nestle.


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