GS1 is an international non-profit organization. Until 2004 it was known as European Article Numbering-Uniform Code Council.
It has headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) and Princeton, New Jersey (US).
GS1 standard barcoding is increasingly used in health systems around the world. It was mandated in the 2014 NHS e-Procurement Strategy and is being pioneered in 2016 in six demonstrator sites: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. A GS1 UK healthcare advisory board has been established. Not only equipment and supplies but also staff and patients are barcoded.
The South Australia Department of Health decided to implement a GS1 procurement in 2007 linked to a tender for a master data management solution, which was implemented in 2016.
EAN International was the global office for the more than 100 Member Organizations around the world. In 2005 the organization changed its name to GS1.
The Uniform Code Council (UCC) was the Numbering Organization in the United States to administer and manage the EAN.UCC System. In 2005, the UCC changed its name to GS1 US.