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Global Trade Item Number Formats

The GTIN is the globally unique GS1 Identification Key used to identify “trade items” (i.e., products and services that may be priced, ordered or invoiced at any point in the supply chain). GTINs are assigned by the brand owner of the product and are used to identify products as they move through the global supply chain to the hospital or ultimately the patient.

The GTIN uniquely identifies a product at each packaging level (e.g., a box of 15 Brand X tissues; a carton of six boxes of Brand X tissues; etc.). GTINs can be encoded into barcodes and used in supply chain transactions (e.g., purchase order; invoice; etc.) to promote accurate product identification.

The table below illustrates GTIN formats.

GTIN Chart

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If you have additional questions please contact the GS1 US UDI Help Center at udiDataQuality@gs1us.org or a +1.800.761.4872.

*For information about the rule, see the U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification System 

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