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.

GS1 traceability standards offer a common business language for traceability solutions and the ecosystem for its implementation. All parties in the supply chain can access, combine and interpret data such as master data, transactional data and event data from different sources. And you can rest assured that the information is accurate about what is being delivered, when, where, why and to whom.

Who uses traceability standards?

The need for traceability has become more important in many industries due to increased regulatory requirements and global market requirements such as food safety, reduced food waste, authenticity, sustainability and efficiency in the supply chain. And also since consumers and patients are asking more questions.

Industries involved in traceability include grocery and retail industry, online marketplaces, foodservice, pharmacy, alcoholic beverages, construction, technical industry, transportation and logistics, and healthcare.

The development and management of standards is, as always, user driven and is further developed on a regular basis, based on market needs.


One example of a successful industry collaboration is the Traceability Vision developed by the Swedish GS1 Industry Council for groceries.

The benefits of GS1 Traceability Standards

Better efficiency

Gain trust

When you can track all events throughout the supply chain, you gain the trust of your trading partners and consumers who receive accurate and reliable information. GS1 Traceability Standards make it possible to:

  • Meet regulatory compliance
  • Achieve supply chain efficiency
  • Make targeted recalls of dangerous products
  • Find out the origin of raw materials
  • Follow events for goods during transport
  • Optimize shelf availability
  • Give consumers the possibility to verify the authenticity of products
  • Identify counterfeit products
  • Create internal traceability
  • Improve consumer and patient safety
  • Improve product safety
  • Reduce waste

Improved scalability and increased interoperability through standards enable trading partners to easily identify, capture and share supply chain traceability data. Your business saves time, money and gains trust when traceability processes are automated.

How GS1 Traceability Standards are used

GS1 Global Traceability Standard serves as a global framework for business processes and ensures that traceability systems are interoperable and scalable. All parties exchanging data on events in the supply chain should easily be able to work together and share the information in a safe way throughout the supply chain.

The key to traceability

Traceability can only be achieved once the foundation is in place, which is GS1 standards for identification and capturing. This means that each product, location and package is marked with a unique identity that can be read with a scanner. If your devices are already labeled with GS1 barcodes, you’re ready to work with traceability.

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