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The group of experts appointed by the European Commission recommends the adoption of the standards GS1 to assure the products traceability

Paris, France – February 2014

While the industry gets ready for the evolution of the European regulations relative to certain non-food products, to assure  the security of the consumers, the group of experts appointed by the European Commission recommends the adoption of the standards GS1 to answer the stakes in traceability of the supply chain.

These recommendations stemming from a dialogue with the whole industry, also emphasize the importance to make the economic players, the consumer’s representatives and also the supervisory authorities converge to shared objectives in favour to protect and inform the consumers.

« As supply chains pursue their extension worldwide and as the consumers buy more and more on-line, the insurence of the product’s traceability  becomes more complex. The worldwide standards contribute to the efficiency of the systems of traceability and thus to the global protection of the consumers » , underlines Maija Laurila  the General Manager of the Health and the Consumers (CEO SANCO) to the European Commission and the president of the group of experts on the traceability.

« Numerous companies can have their own system of traceability. But if these systems are incapable to communicate between them, thanks to standards of interoperability, the traceability will not cross the walls of their company, what will lead to a rise of the costs and the complexity of the processes of reminder  of product  », pursues Emilie Prouzet, Manager Europe, FCD, France.

In its report, the group formulates the following recommendations:

  • For companies, proceed to the labeling of consumer goods with codes of standard identification as well as the automation of the systems of traceability.
  • For supervisory authorities, train the controllers about the standards of identification, as well as to proceed to evaluations of systems of traceability, in cooperation with the concerned private actors.
  • For the consumers, the group suggests to strengthen their raising awareness as for the importance of the identification of products and to help them to alert competent authorities in case of doubt on a product.

«  The recognition by the European Commission of the standards GS1 as tools shared of  traceability creates the conditions of a bigger synergy between the operational practices of manufacturing, logistics and distribution, and the obligations of traceability. It participates in the integration of the traceability at the heart of the company’s life, but also of their exchanges with their partners upstreams and downstreams.  »concludes Pierre Georget, CEO of GS1 France.

Do you know?

Today, around the GS1 standards, the dematerialization of the supply chain knows an exponential development either about the bar code,  the EDI, the produced electronic catalogs or the RFID.

Indeed, the past enlightening the present, it is useful even necessary to make a zoom over more than 40 years of route of this ON organism created to improve the business in the world.

2013 GS1 celebrates its 40 years. The present organization in 111 countries, gathers,actually, 1,2 million members in the world.
2012 GS1 publishes the standard Trusted Source of Data for the consumer information.
2011 GS1 adopts the QRcode.
2006 GS1 is located in 100 countries.
2005 GS1 launches the worldwide network GDSN of the electronic catalogs.
2004 On 2004      GS1 publishes the standard EPC Gen2 for the RFID (identification by radio frequency).
2003 GS1 adopts its first 2D symbol, Datamatrix.
2002 The worldwide platform of development of the  GS1 standards, the GSMP (Global Standard Management Process), is launched.
2000 GS1 is located in 90 countries.
1999 The GS1 DataBar is adopted for the traceability up to the cash register.
1995 The beginning of the deployment of the  GS1 standards in the Healthcare sector.
1990 GS1 is located in 45 pays.
1989 GS1 defines a first international standard for the EDI ( electronic data interchange), EANCOM.
1988 GS1 adopts the code GS1-128 for the marking of logistics units and transport.
1983 GS1 spreads its applications to the logistics with the code ITF-14 for cardboards.
1980 First optical character reading of a bar code in France, on pancakes of Fouesnant.
1978 Japan is the first not European country to join EAN.
1977 Twelve European countries, including France, create the European standard EAN (European Article Numbering)
1974 First optical character reading of a bar code in a marsh supermarket in the United States, on chewing gum wrigley juicy fruit.
3 avril 1973 The world of business chooses the bar code as the system of identification of products.