GS1 Traceability Standards are global standards that help you gain full control of all events in the supply chain for your products, locations and parcels. The products journey is completely visible – from the origin of the raw materials to where the product has been sold.

About traceability

Traceability is the ability to visualize the history, events and locations of different objects in a supply chain. You can achieve full transparency by using different GS1 standards combined.

GS1 Global Traceability Standard is a framework for solutions and plays an important role in the work for a sustainable ecosystem. By following the framework, the parties in the supply chain can gain access to data from different sources. This way you can get complete information about what is delivered, when, where, why and to whom.

Why traceability?

Right now, many industries need traceability due to new EU regulations as well as increased legal and market requirements. Current examples are digital product passports, food safety, reduced food waste, proof of authenticity and sustainability. The demands are also increasing from consumers and patients who want more reliable information about products and deliveries.

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The benefits of traceability

Efficient supply chain
Improve your forecasts, inventory management and logistics processes by gaining control over the supply chain.
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Consumer and patient safety
Earn increased trust among patients and consumers through transparent information about products and medicines.
Regulatory compliance
Get a better opportunity to comply with regulations, new information requirements and ensure sustainable value chains.

More benefits

  • Make targeted recalls of dangerous products

  • Find out the origin of raw materials

  • Follow the goods during transport

  • Optimize shelf availability

  • Help consumers verify the authenticity of products

  • Identify counterfeit products

  • Create internal traceability

  • Improve consumer and patient safety

  • Reduce waste

See retailers and manufacturers talk about the importance of traceability with GS1 standards.
Veronique Discours-Buhot, Director of GFSI, Consumer Goods Forum.
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How is GS1 traceability used?

The GS1 Global Traceability Standard is a global framework for business processes and ensures that traceability systems are interoperable and scalable. All parties who exchange data in the supply chain can communicate transparently by following the framework.

You can initiate an implementation as soon as GS1 standards for identifying, capturing and sharing are in place. This means that each product, location and package is coded with a unique identity that can be scanned with barcodes, 2D codes and RFID from GS1. And the information is shared seamlessly in the supply chain.

How-to guides

Here you will find guides and materials on how to get started with traceability in your industry.

What’s on in traceability

2D for increased traceability

Right now, retail is undergoing a global introduction to QR codes and GS1 DataMatrix. This means increased traceability for companies and consumers.
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