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.|