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