What we do

GS1 South Africa is a neutral, not-for-profit standards body that supports over 13,000 companies and businesses locally and globally. A business unit of the Consumer goods council of South Africa, we are user- driven & governed, inclusive and collaborative. Key industries are SMME’s, retail, healthcare, transport & logistics, food service and the technical industries. Our Mission is to improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels through the use of global GS1 standards.

Our standards provide a global language of business that enable organisations to identify, capture and share information among trading partners in a uniform, structured, seamless and consistent manner. With the Barcode being the best recognized standard, which is scanned over 6 billion times each day.

GS1 South Africa is one of 114 GS1 Organisations across the world, and majority of GS1 standards are endorsed and referenced in ISO standards. Our standards strengthen consumer trust and confidence in the products they buy every day by providing them access to trusted product data and empower them to make informed choices. Towards this mission, GS1 is building the world’s largest source of trusted consumer-facing product data.

Industry Engagement

GS1 engages with different industry sectors, associations, government bodies and agencies .

GS1 works closely with companies of all sizes, from small, family-owned businesses to large, multi-national organisations and various Industry bodies around the world like the Consumer Goods Forum(CGF) and The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) among others, to deliver benefits the whole industry can enjoy.

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Administrators of the GS1 System of Standards

GS1 South Africa is responsible for the administration of the GS1 System of Standards in Southern Africa.

We provide a license to individuals and businesses through a GS1 Global Company Prefix that opens up all the various components of the GS1 System for implementation.

This includes the use of the the Global Location Number (GLN) to uniquely identify a legal or functional entity (your business or subsidiaries) that enables electronic data interchange between all trading partners of orders, invoices, delivery notes, credit notes and remittance advices and the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) to uniquely identify trade items.

Click link to view all GS1 ID Keys that your business can use GS1 Standards ID keys

The scope of use for members of the GS1 standards is enormous and opens up a world for new technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) that is beginning to take it’s place in supply chains around the world.

GS1 Standards development and maintenance

The GS1 standards are dynamic, changing to meet the needs of new innovations within the global supply chain. In order to manage these changes GS1 has a Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) that is made up of working groups represented by industry and GS1 Member Organisations.

These groups work on very specific requests submitted to GS1 for standards changes. A GS1 South Africa member is advised to participate in any of the working groups to represent their business or industry for new developments of standards as well as maintaining the existing standards.

If you are a member of GS1 South Africa you are encouraged to participate in the development of maintenance of all the standards. Make your voice heard. Contact us to discuss how you can being your journey in standards development.