The Standard applies to all types of companies and supply chains

By defining a shared minimum requirement and showing what action is required from trading partners, the GS1 Traceability Standard enables maximum interoperability between traceability systems across the whole supply chain whilst accommodating specific commercial, industry sector or legislative requirements.

It serves as a foundational standard to be used as a starting point for identifying the unique requirements of each actor in the supply chain. This framework will ensure a common approach and understanding of key principles by businesses and governments around the world.

What does the GS1 Traceability Standard define?

The Standard defines minimum requirements and business rules to be followed when designing and implementing a traceability system. They are clustered around a matrix of roles and responsibilities within the physical and information sub-processes:

  • "Plan and Organise” sub-process determines how to assign, collect, share and keep traceability data. Furthermore, it determines how to manage links between inputs, internal processes, and outputs.
  • "Align Master Data” sub-process determines how to assign identifications to the parties and physical locations, trade items and if appropriate to assets. It also determines how to exchange Master Data with trading partners.
  • "Record Traceability Data” sub-process determines how to assign, apply and capture traceability identification and how to collect, share and store traceability data during the physical flow.
  • "Request Trace” sub-process determines how to initiate and respond to a traceability request.
  • "Use Information” sub-process enables the use of the previous processes to take appropriate action as required by legal and business requirements.