The standard GS1 article code
GTIN-13 (formerly EAN-13) stands for the most commonly used GS1 article code
The GS1 article code is also called EAN-13 or GTIN: all different names for the one and only code for your product. With the GS1 code, you can sell your products anywhere in the world, online or in a physical store.
A GS1 code is like a passport for your product
The most commonly used barcode
Article codes are standardized worldwide. With a GS1 code, you can sell products anywhere, online and in physical stores.
EAN-13 and GTIN-13
In 2005, EAN merged with the global GS1. Therefore, the old European Article Number (EAN) is now called GTIN (Global Trade Item Number).
Unlike codes from low-cost sellers, our codes are unique. It's no coincidence that parties such as bol.com and amazon only accept items with a GS1 code.
How does it work?
Go to MyGS1 and order your article codes.
How many codes do you need?
How many codes you need depends on the number of products and variants (colors, sizes) in your assortment. Suppose you trade in t-shirts. Do you only have white ones in one size? Then you need 1 code. Do you have a wider range? Then you need more codes, because every color and every size gets its own code. Check out our packages.
Coding of articles
The codes only become meaningful if you assign them to something. In MyGS1 you can fill in information about your product and then your product will be linked to that code forever.
In some cases it is convenient if the code can also be scanned. Then you can translate the number into the familiar barcode. Read more about translating to a barcode symbol. Which ones are there, which color combinations, which dimensions, what do they have to comply with?
Specially for the healthcare sector
In the healthcare sector, they work with a UDI, among other things. To create a UDI, you use an EAN-13, so this is the right code.
You have 10 barcodes for € 55,- per year.
A code package of 100 codes is available from € 75,- per year and you can have 1,000 codes from € 150,- per year.
Our rates are (mostly) based on turnover categories and you pay an annual contribution. Why? Everyone who purchases our codes benefits from our support and services at various points in the chain. The annual contribution covers GS1's organisational and development costs.