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The Standard for GTIN Reuse across all industries will change on December 31, 2018
Start taking the necessary steps to update your assignment systems. If you do not reuse GTINS today, don't start reusing!Take a look at the FAQs below to see how you can take steps now to prepare for the December 31, 2018, change.
Any product in "For Reuse" state can remain there until the end of the reuse period (47 months). Then the GTIN can be made avialable again.
No InUse products can be added to "For Reuse" status after December 31, 2018.
GS1 US Data Hub | Product will be changing on January 1, 2019.
Draft and InUse product statuses will remail the same.
The new statuses are:
Cleanse your systems based on the updates made by Brand Owners to GDSN and product catalogs.
GTINs that have been discontinued BEFORE 12/31/2018 can be reassigned to a different product.
GTINs that are active or "in use" on 12/31/2018 or later, cannot be reassigned to a different product.
If you have discontinued GTINs, make sure they are marked as such, or remove them from all relevant trading systems.
This includes, but is not limited to: GDSN®, product catalogs, internal GTIN assignment systems, and GS1 US / other GS1 member organization GTIN assignment systems (Gs1 US Data Hub®)
Review your GTIN assignment systems.
Yes, there are two exceptions.
1. If a GTIN has been assigned to an item, which was then never actually produced, the GTIN may be deleted from any catalog immediately without first being marked as discontinued. In this exceptional case, the GTIN may be reused 12 months after deletion from the seller’s catalog.
2. Trade items that have been withdrawn from the market and are reintroduced may use the original GTIN if they are reintroduced without any modifications or changes that require a new GTIN as specified by the GTIN Management Standard.
When GTINs are no longer reused, industry and consumers may benefit in the following ways:
This industry-driven change, which does not go into effect until the end of 2018, will help companies get unique product identification “right” from the start. Keeping product identification truly “unique” and persistent in both the physical and digital world is needed to support today’s omni-channel consumer experiences. Consistency across the physical and digital world is foundational to the future of commerce.
Trade items (and their associated data attributes) remain in digital/online paths to purchase far longer than they remain in physical-store supply chains. For example, in consumer-to-consumer marketplaces it can be decades. Because of this, stopping GTIN reuse is critical in an omni-channel world.