About us

GS1 South Africa is a neutral, not for profit organisation, and the only licensed, authorised body in South Africa to administer the GS1 System of standards such as the Barcode.

We Believe . . . .

In the power of standards to transform the way we work and live.

And so do more than 2 million businesses around the world who work together with GS1 to develop and maintain the GS1 System of standards for day to day supply chain efficiencies.

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Who is GS1?

GS1 is a neutral not-for-profit standards organisation with more than 114 registered offices (called Member Organisations) around the world. Together with their members, GS1 Member Organisations work to re-engineer business processes in supply and value chains with the sole aim of solving the challenges of today’s dynamic consumer demands.

The non-competitive GS1 System is used in more than 20 industry sectors and in over 150 countries.

GS1 South Africa

As a not-for-profit organisation GS1 South Africa supports over 10 000 companies with services and business tools to drive efficiencies in their business. Member Subscriptions are on a cost recovery basis. All our services are driven by our members needs. Our Member Organisation is governed by a Council represented by key stakeholders in business.

We operate in compliance with the GS1 System on the three basic principles of:








GS1 standards for identification

Used to uniquely distinguish all products (or “trade items”), logistic units, locations and assets across the supply chain from manufacturer to consumer.


GS1 standards for barcodes and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags

GS1 barcodes and EPC-enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags carry information, including GS1 Identification Keys, about products and locations. They can also include more specific identification, such as batch/lot information and expiry dates for food traceability and safety.


GS1 Standards for data exchange

Interoperability, made possible by identification standards, data capture standards and interface standards for electronic communication, allows product information to flow seamlessly through the supply chain.

Our Strategy for the future

Industry Sectors

Technology Focus

Small Business commitment