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This training is designed for professionals involved in packaging, supply chain management, and regulatory compliance. It covers an introduction to GS1, their mission for packaging, and the impact of regulations on packaging trends and requirements. Participants will learn the basics of GS1 identification, barcodes, and data sharing, as well as GS1's role in fostering a circular economy and collaboration within a growing ecosystem. The session concludes with a discussion on future ambitions, key take-aways, and additional resources, ensuring attendees are well-equipped to implement standards in their operations.

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Karen Arkesteyn -   Innovation Manager GS1

Raphaël Ghaye - Retail & Industry Engagement Manager GS1

Robin Goossens - Standardisation Manager GS1

Program (17/12/2024)


  • Antitrust, IP, privacy disclaimers 
  • Introduction of trainers 
  • Purpose of the training 
  • Round the table & expectations (format will depend on number of participants and set-up)

Who is GS1?

What is GS1's mission for packaging?

  • Overview of legislations (high-level) with specific focus on PPWR 
  • Overview of our stakeholders within a growing ecosystem - going from linear to circular 
  • How do the regulations impact packaging? (trends and requirements) 
  • How GS1 sees their role and mission - pluri-annual plan GS1 (short) 
  •   One barcode on the label, not multiple 
  •   Harmonization of data behind it 
  •   Also for outer cases: more digitalisation of processes 
  •   Identification for reusable packaging , … 
  •   Q&A  

GS1 basics: identification of packaging

  • Identification of consumer product 
  • Vs identification of packaging itself (components, …) 
  • Identification of outer cases and pallets 
  • Identification of returnable assets 
  • Data model behind packaging at different levels 
  • Q&A


GS1 basics: barcodes on packaging

  • Consumer item: traditional EAN-barcode 
  • Barcodes used in distribution centre 
  • Do's and don'ts: tips & tricks for placement and printing 
  • Migration to Next Gen Barcodes + GS1 Digital Link 
  • Guideline Next Gen Barcodes with transition period + recommendations on placement (short) 
  • Q&A

GS1 basic: data sharing 

  • ​How to share data with GS1 standards & services? 
  • How to ensure trusted data: data quality 
  • How to link to the digital world: GS1 Digital Link Track and trace with event data standards 
  • Q&A

Interaction with audience (format will depend on the number of participants and set-up) 

  • How can GS1 standards add value to you? 
  • How do you see GS1's role and ambition for packaging?
  •  Making a bridge to the next section

GS1's ambition for the future

  • Collaboration with a growing ecosystem: Fost plus, … 
  • Ensuring future-proof implementations for eg DPP, HolyGrail 2.0, GS1 SMART-Box 
  • WG on identification for reusable packaging 
  • Q&A


  • Key take-aways 
  • Useful resources to consult 
  • Thank you

Practical Information

Language: English

Price: All prices do NOT include VAT

  • Members IBE-BVI:  € 255.00
  • Members federation (Comeos; essenscia; INDUFED (FETRA/COBELPA)):  € 305.00
  • No member:  € 335.00

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