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EAN/UPC barcodes

Instantly-recognisable, EAN/UPC barcodes are printed on virtually every consumer product in the world. They are the longest-established and most widely-used of all GS1 barcodes.

The EAN/UPC barcode family has transformed the world of retail.

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Types of EAN/UPC barcodes

EAN-13 EAN 13
  • Symbol ID: ]E0
  • Capacity: 13 numeric
  • Omnidirectional
  • Supports GTIN-13
  • Does not support attributes

  • UPC-A  UPC
  • Symbol ID: ]E0
  • Capacity: 12 numeric
  • Omnidirectional
  • Supports GTIN-12
  • Does not support attributes

  • EAN-8 EAN 8
  • Symbol ID: ]E4
  • Capacity: 8 numeric
  • Omnidirectional
  • Supports GTIN-8
  • Does not support attributes

  • UPC-E  UPE E
  • Symbol ID: ]E0
  • Capacity: 12 Numeric,
    zeroes suppressed
  • Omnidirectional
  • Supports GTIN-12
  • Does not support attributes
  • Standards

    GS1 General Specifications

    You will find relevant application standards and guidelines listed below:

    All sectors

    GS1 Human Readable Interpretation (HRI) Guideline

    GS1 AIDC Fresh Foods Sold at Point-of-Sale

    RFID Bar Code Interoperability Guideline

    GS1 General Specifications

    Apparel

    GS1 Symbol placement examples for clothing and fashion accessories

    Healthcare

    GS1 AIDC healthcare guideline

    Barcodes verification

    1D barcode verification process implementation guideline

    Starting and maintaining a linear / 1D GS1 barcode verification service