GS1 General Specifications

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The GS1 General Specifications is the core standards document of the GS1 System describing how GS1 bar codes and identification keys should be used.

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The content of the GS1 General Specifications is as follows:

Topic

Section

Basics and Principles of the GS1 System

1

Trade Item Application Standards

2.1

Logistics Units Application Standards

2.2

Assets Application Standards

2.3

Location Application Standards

2.4

Service Relationships Application Standards

2.5

Special Application Standards

2.6

AIDC Application Identifier Definitions

3

Rules for GS1 Keys

4.2-12

AIDC Validation Rules

4.13

Human-Readable Interpretation Rules

4.14

Managing Multiple Barcodes

4.15

Barcode Symbol Specifications (technical)

5

Barcode Production and Quality Assessment

5.5

Barcode Symbol Placement Rules

6

AIDC Data Processing Rules

7

Glossary

8