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GS1 Standards help solve for regulatory requirements and product safety

Companies today are facing stringent expectations around patient, product, and food safety. They are expected to satisfy increasing industry requirements and consumer demand for more—and better—product information. However, the most pressing drivers stem from regulatory agencies, including:

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act, Unique Device Identification Rule, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, prescription drug Standardized Numerical Identification (SNI), and Drug Supply Chain Security Act.
  • U.S. Customs Service Traceability Pilot
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

GS1 US works collaboratively with industry stakeholders—including government agencies and other regulatory and public sector organizations—to help companies solve for regulatory requirements and product safety. Several efforts are underway in Fresh Foods, Retail Grocery, Foodservice, Healthcare, General Merchandise, and other industries focused on utilizing GS1 Standards to bring visibility into the supply chain.

To learn more about industry-specific initiatives where GS1 US is working in collaboration with industry and government/public sector agencies, read on:

  • Healthcare  - U.S. FDA, Unique Device Identification Rule (UDI), Standardized Numerical Identification (SNI) for prescription drug packages, Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)
  • General Merchandise - International Trade Data System's (ITDS) Product Information Committee (PIC) pilot studies; Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
  • Retail Grocery and Fresh Foods - U.S. FDA, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), collaboration on product tracing with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
  • Foodservice - U.S. FDA,  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

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Cross-industry efforts where GS1 US is an active participant in the discussions around regulatory and product safety include:

  • U.S. Customs Service Traceability Pilots
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

GS1 US is working closely with various government agencies to facilitate cross-border trade using GS1 Standards. For more information, read:  From Port to Port: Moving Products Across Borders with Greater Visibility and Efficiency. The document explains how GS1 US worked side-by-side with members of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) Product Information Committee (PIC) to explore how the use of global e-commerce standards can improve product visibility across borders, improve consumer security, and deliver significant cost savings to industry, government, national regulators, and customers alike.

It also goes into detail on the results of three industry pilots (toys and games, cut flowers, and meat and poultry) – all of which delivered significant returns for implementing business-to-business e-commerce standards at international borders.

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