For smaller products

Order codes

Most retail items have an GTIN-13, but sometimes a 'large' barcode doesn't fit. For example on a lipstick or a box of matches. That's what the GTIN-8 is for. A code with only 8 digits and therefore also a smaller barcode.

In retail

For a small item sold at retail, you can use this short code.

8 positions, so smaller

Instead of 13 digits, there are only 8 and therefore the barcode is also smaller.

Many medical devices and pharmaceuticals do have a small size, but a GTIN-13 code is used with a GS1 DataMatrix as the symbol.


How does it work?

You use an GTIN-8 if:

  • The total printable area of the package is smaller than 80cm².
  • The space for the largest label on a package is smaller than 40cm².
  • The product is cylindrical in shape with a diameter of less than 30mm.

GS1 is keen on these codes, we first evaluate whether the product would qualify for a GTIN-8.

Tip: On small articles, GS1 QR codes with an EAN-13 often also fit (this is often more cost-effective).


For smaller items in retail

  • Order per piece (we first evaluate the item)
  • One-time costs
  • Can only be ordered if you already have a code package
  • Support from our customer service
  • Not suitable for medical devices and medicines


Is my item suitable for EAN-8?

Contact customer support, they will be happy to help you.

For healthcare

For medical devices and medicines, use an EAN-13 (with which you can also create a UDI).