What are GS1 standards?

GS1 was established by industry for industry and is industry-governed.

Industry drives the use of the GS1 standards as well as their development. The GS1 global standards foster cooperation and encourage information-sharing worldwide.


 GS1 Jordan - the global language of business

GS1 global standards provide for the unique identification of all trade items, services, logistic units, consignments, assets, documents, relationships, parties and locations at any point in the supply chain. This set of global standards is called the GS1 System.

The GS1 System is founded on a common set of globally recognised identification numbers called the GS1 Identification Keys, along with the ability to encode Attribute Data (eg Serial numbers, Best Before dates, Batch Numbers)

Identification is the foundation of the GS1 System and is communicated via a barcode, an EPC/RFID tag, via e-Messaging and/or within a network. Using identification helps to facilitate efficient management of a supply chain. The four key areas of the GS1 System are

GS1 BarCode

Global data and application standards for Barcodes that use the globally recognised GS1 Identification Key (Identification Numbers) to uniquely identify things such as trade items, locations, logistic units, and assets.

GS1 eCom

Global standards for Electronic Business Messaging that allow rapid, efficient and accurate automatic electronic transmission of agreed business data between trading partners.

GS1 GDSN

The Global Data Synchronisation Network™ (GDSN) is an automated, standards-based, global environment that enables secure and continuous data synchronisation, allowing all partners to have consistent item data in their systems at the same time.

GS1 EPCglobal

GS1 EPC global standards enable globally-unique identification numbers to be used for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), with major benefits in the tracking and tracing of products, services and other items in supply chains. EPC is the abbreviation for the Electronic Product Code.


GS1 Jordan is a Member Organisation of GS1, based in Brussels, and is under exclusive licence to administer the GS1 System in Jordan (including EAN/UPC Barcodes) for the benefit of Jordan industry and business.

The GS1 System is used by over one million companies in dozens of industries worldwide with the aim of enabling businesses to improve their operational quality and efficiency by providing effective supply chain solutions.

GS1 Jordan is dedicated to providing members with assistance and support to implement the global GS1 standards through a variety of services.