The GTIN was born 50 years ago and transformed the global economy.
This year marks an important anniversary in the history of GS1. Fifty years ago, on 31 March 1971, leaders from the biggest names in commerce came together and transformed the global economy forever by developing the Global Trade Item Number (known as the “GTIN”). This numerical code uniquely identifies every single product and is the core of the barcode, the most important supply chain standard in history. Today, the barcode is scanned over six billion times every day and remains one of the most trusted symbols in the world. Read More
From the historic meeting where the GTIN was born to the next 50 years
We are proud to celebrate this significant milestone – but we do so not to look back, but to look forward. We take this moment to call on businesses to collaborate once again, now to meet the needs of the 21st-century economy. Businesses need to address new consumer needs, and industry must find ways to rapidly deploy and implement new technologies, including data-rich next-generation barcodes.
More and more countries are adopting laws that require companies that manufacture, label or distribute medical devices to identify these with a “Unique Device Identifier” (UDI). As you may know, in addition to its many other uses, a GS1 barcode number issued by GS1 Singapore can be used as an UDI in several jurisdictions (e.g. U.S., EU).
Specifically, GS1 is accredited as an issuing agency for UDI by the U.S. FDA. In that capacity, GS1 is required by law to declare to the U.S. FDA on an annual basis which companies use GS1 barcode numbers to identify medical devices that they (or their affiliates) are putting on the U.S. market under their label.
Therefore, if your company uses GS1 barcode numbers to identify medical devices that are currently on the U.S. market for UDI purposes, we kindly ask you to fill in the “UDI DECLARATION” by 30 June 2021.
You are still required to declare if you are not using GS1 barcode numbers to identify medical devices.
If you do not report the use of GS1 barcode numbers to identify medical devices marketed in the U.S. under your label by 30 June 2021, your company will not be identified in our annual report to the U.S. FDA. GS1 disclaims any liability for any consequences (e.g. costs, administrative processes, requests from regulators) that may result thereof.
The GS1 Singapore Solution Centre showcases how GS1 standards can be operationalised into business systems and used along the supply chain processes. With common standards, processes are simplified, time is saved, cost and manual paper work can be greatly reduced, therefore, improving supply chain efficiency and meeting regulatory requirements. Read more.
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