GS1 brings users from industries around the world to develop and implement supply chain standards. They work together to develop leading-edge, industry-wide standards, guidelines and solutions. This area provides access to the different work groups currently run by GSMP and Industry Engagement.
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Standards Maintenance Groups (SMGs) improve existing standards
GSMP Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
This group maintains and improves GS1 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) standards. Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:
- GS1 XML
- GS1 UN/CEFACT XML
More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards/edi
EDI provides global standards for electronic business messaging that allow automation of business transactions commonly occurring across the entire supply chain. It covers master data alignment, order and delivery and financial settlement management, as well as transport and warehouse management. The main business partners in scope for this are retailers, manufacturers, material suppliers and logistic service providers.
Additional initiative(s):*The GS1 Intellectual Property Policy and Work Group Opt-in Agreement above are required to participate
- EDI Semantic Model (ESM) Sub Team: Click here to request to join
GSMP Global Product Classification (GPC)
The GPC Standards Maintenance Group maintains and improves the GS1 Global Product Classification (GPC) standard.
The GS1 Global Product Classification (GPC) standard helps global trading partners to group products in the same way, everywhere in the world. The resulting common business language is clear and instantly understandable. More information about the GPC Standard can be found here: https://www.gs1.org/standards/gpc
The business benefits of using GPC are: gives buyers and sellers a common language for talking about their products – within countries and regions as well as across the world, improves data accuracy and integrity, speeds up the supply chain responsiveness to consumer needs and simplifies reporting across product categories.
GSMP Global Product Master Data (GPMD)
This SMG will process all applicable work requests to maintain the GS1 Product Master Data standards. The primary focus is the GS1 standards used for product master data, including:
- Product Master Data Standards
- GS1 product attributes, definitions, code lists, and guidance definitions
- Product and Packaging Measurement Rules Standard
- GDSN solutions
- GDSN Validation Rules
- Global Data Model Standards
- Product master attributes, codes, etc. for Global Trade Item Number and Global Model Number
More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards/gs1-global-data-model, https://www.gs1.org/standards/gdsn
The list of standards maintained in this work group can change at any time due to the development of new relevant standards or the need to move a standard to a different SMG to reach missing expertise. Additionally, the GPMD SMG also acts as a pool of experts for maintenance work efforts impacting Global Product Master Data and coordinates with associated Mission Specific work groups.
Additional initiative(s):*The GS1 Intellectual Property Policy and Work Group Opt-in Agreement above are required to participate
- Consumer-Facing Attributes Sub-team: Click here to request to join
- GDSN Validation Rules sub-team: Click here to request to join
Global Data Model:
- Global Data Model - Global Sub Team: Click here to request to join
The ID Standards Maintenance Group maintains and improves the GS1 Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) standards including Identification Keys, Barcodes, Electronic Product Code, and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) standards.
Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:
- The GS1 General Specification is the core foundational GS1 standard that defines how identification keys, data attributes and barcodes must be used in business applications
- GS1 Identification Keys provides companies efficient ways to access and share information about items in their supply chains.
- Barcodes are symbols that can be scanned electronically using laser or camera-based systems.
- The Electronic Product Code™ (EPC) is syntax for unique identifiers assigned to physical objects, unit loads, locations, or other identifiable entity playing a role in business operations.
- GS1's EPC Tag Data Standard (TDS) defines the Electronic Product Code (EPC), including its correspondence to GS1 keys and other existing codes. TDS also specifies data that is carried on Gen 2 RFID tags, including the EPC, User Memory data, control information, and tag manufacture information.
More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards
AIDC is a broad category of technologies used to collect information from an individual, object, image or sound without manual data entry. AIDC systems are used to manage inventories, deliveries, and assets.
Additional initiative(s): *The GS1 Intellectual Property Policy and Work Group Opt-in Agreement above are required to participate.
- Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP): Click here to request to join
GSMP Images, Digital & Electronic Assets (IDEAs)
This group will maintain and improve the GS1 Digital Assets Standards. Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:
- GS1 Product Image Specification Standard
- GS1 Pharmaceutical Image Implementation Guideline
- GS1 Mobile Ready Hero Images Guideline
More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards/gs1-product-image-specification-standard/current-standard, https://www.gs1.org/standards/gs1-pharmaceutical-image-implementation-guideline, https://www.gs1.org/standards/Mobile-Ready-Hero-Image/1-0
The GS1 Digital Assets Standards allow our community to increase savings throughout the value chain through implementing, storage, sharing and usage of digital assets for online retail websites, Verified by GS1, business-to-business systems and other digital platforms.
GSMP Party Asset Location (PAL) Master Data
This SMG will process all applicable work requests to maintain GS1 Party Asset Location Master Data standards used for Locations, Parties, Individual assets and Returnable assets.
The primary focus is the GS1 standards used Party Asset Location Master Data including Master Data for:
• Global Location Number - Party
• Global Location Number - Location
• Global Returnable Asset Identifier
• Global Individual Asset Identifier
The list of standards maintained in this work group can change at any time due to the development of new relevant standards or the need to move a standard to a different SMG to reach missing expertise. Additionally, the PAL SMG also acts as a pool of experts for maintenance work efforts impacting Party Asset Location Master Data and coordinates with associated Mission Specific work groups.
The SMG maintains updates to GS1standards that support visibility, physical event capture and sharing standards such as:
- Global Traceability Standard
- Electronic Product Code (EPCIS) and Core Business VocabularyStandard
The list of standards maintained in this work group can change at any time due to the development of new relevant standards or the need to move a standard to a different SMG to reach missing expertise.
In addition, the group acts as a pool of experts for all mission-specific work groups that are related.
To learn more about the sub-team Global Traceability Checklist for Healthcare, click here.
Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe
Call to Action: 26 May 2011
Scorecard: No scorecard due to lack of activity
GSMP Web Technology
This group will process all work requests (that do not require a Mission-specific Work Group) to enable GS1 standards to be fit for purpose on the web, i.e., the Web Vocabulary Standard & GS1-Conformant Resolvers.
Mission-specific Working Groups (MSWGs) develop new standards
GSMP 2D in Retail - WR 22-031
This group will align on and standardise future-state standards to enable global 2D barcode scanning in retail. In addition, the group will create implementation guidance to help users in their technical migration to 2D barcodes in retail, as well as other collateral that is needed to ensure consistent understanding of the standards that will be developed for 2D in Retail.
The following items are out of scope of this work effort, but may be included in subsequent phase outside of this proposed MSWG:
- Leveraging GS1 identification keys in addition to the GTIN
- Regulated Healthcare Trade Items that are distributed under control
- Developing transactional messages for/about more granular data
- Industry-developed tools to leverage the enriched data
GSMP Digital Signatures - WR 20-078
Provide a GS1 standard solution approach to digital signatures. Otherwise, there will be no open, brand-owner-determined digital signatures to set as an alternative to proprietary digital signature use in barcodes with GS1 standards.
GSMP Electronic health record patient demographics in GS1 barcodes MSWG
This group will develop the GS1 standards, guidelines and supporting implementation needs for how patient demographic information will be used to support verification that the patient is properly identified; along with a subsequent implementation guideline to assist solution providers in providing a consistent approach when implementing patient demographic identification.
GSMP EPC UHF Gen2 v3 - WR 21-320
This group will develop technical revisions to modernise GS1’s EPC “suite” of standards, with focus on increasing inventory scanning performance and efficiency with flexibility of parameters for diverse application requirements and harmonisation of the EPC Gen2 with ISO/IEC 18000-63 through the optimisation of the Gen2 air interface command set based on implementation lessons from the field.
GSMP EPCIS & CBV 2.0 - WR 18-050
Since its initial ratification as an EPCglobal standard in 2007 and its subsequent integration into the GS1 “Share” portfolio, EPCIS and its companion standard the Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) have been updated twice (2014 and 2016) and published by ISO (as ISO/IEC 19987 and 19988, respectively). In the meantime, EPCIS and the CBV have gained importance as visibility enablers in various industries. Updates are needed to ensure the relevance of these standards in the coming decades.
GSMP EPCIS & CBV 2.0 Public Review
The GSMP EPCIS & CBV 2.0 Public Review 2021 was first posted on 14 October and will run until 11 November 2021. Click here for more details
GSMP GS1 Circularity - Digital Product Passport - WR 23-103
This group will develop and update GS1 standards to support new regulatory requirements for the circular economy model. This evolving model raises questions about how to ensure globally interoperable, persistent product and component identification; how to track and trace needed information across entire circular product lifecycle from upstream raw materials through consumption and beyond; how to avoid a proliferation of single-purpose barcodes and tags; etc.
The overall aim of the new regulatory requirements is to reduce the lifecycle environmental impacts of products through efficient digitalisation. It also aims to enable the objectives of EU industrial policy, such as boosting the demand for sustainable goods and supporting sustainable production. It is estimated that the European Commission will introduce several new delegated acts between 2024-2030 to enable the potential of the DPP regulation across multiple sectors.
This group will focus on understanding and addressing these requirements in the near term and invites participation to gather requirements related to the broader scope of circularity from all sectors and regions.
Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 12 April 2023
Scorecard: Click here
GSMP Modernisation of GTIN Management - WR 21-423
The purpose of this work is to make product identification simpler and more effective. Though initiated by the marketplace ecosystem, the cross-channel group will review, build, adapt and/or clarify standards to accommodate for situations that do not yet have consistent GS1 standards, particularly around product variations, bundles, white label and refurbished products.
GSMP New EU requirements for medical devices identification - WR 21-283
This group will develop the appropriate solution for the new level of identification required by the European Commission to develop a Master UDI-DI for implementation of a new level of identification of eyewear products and other devices as part of the UDI requirements based on the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR).
Group membership requirements:
- One (1) manufacturers of eyewear products
- One (1) manufacturers of medical devices
- Four (4) GS1 Member Organisations
- Two (2) healthcare providers
- Two (2) solution providers
Voting requirements for this group are 2 votes each from manufacturers, MO’s, and healthcare/solution providers with a total of at least 12 votes.
GSMP TDS/TDT 2.0 - WR 21-319
This group will develop technical revisions to modernise GS1’s EPC “suite” of standards, with focus on increasing native interoperability and ease of use and prevent the proliferation of proprietary systems through simplification of the EPC binary encoding syntax to align with GS1 barcode syntax.