Government Agencies

Allocation of Global Location Number (GLN) to Government Agencies

The Global Location Number can be used by organisations to uniquely identify their locations, giving them complete flexibility to identify any type or level of location required. The GLN can be used in electronic messages and registries to inform partners about companies and their corresponding GLNs and associated GLN information. The GLN can be used by organisations in both the private and public sectors.

In fact, various applications exist where governments use GLNs, either to identify their own agencies or to identify companies using central government databases. It is a unique single identifier that can be used by business and government agencies in both business-to-government and business-to-business transactions and it helps to simplify identification as the GLN can replace many of the separate identifiers currently used by businesses and government agencies when dealing with each other.


Benefits for Government Agencies in Joining the GS1 Membership

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit, global organisation that develops and maintains open ended standards and systems for supply and demand chains across multiple sectors.  With local Member Organisations in 115 countries and presence in 155 countries, GS1 works with communities of trading partners, industry organisations, governments and technology providers and respond to their organisational needs, helping to improve business and operational Productivity, Safety, Security and Sustainability through the adoption and implementation of relevant global standards and systems.  GS1 has over two thousand employees across the world, executing more than six billion transactions daily using GS1 standards.


Why Should National Government Agencies Join GS1?  

  • Develop Partnerships

  • GS1 being a neutral, not-for-profit organisation, provides a global platform for networking, communicating and learning among its members. The organisation is highly inclusive providing contacts and communication avenues to diverse parties from across the world. GS1 member companies from both private and public sectors, including government agencies, trade associations, academic and non-profit organizations, are invited to participate in GS1 conferences, forums, industry user groups, research workgroups and web discussions.


  • Highlight the Advancements and Initiatives of Your Agency

  • As a GS1 member, the agency is invited to share its profile with the world. This may include the agency’s development and implementation of initiatives and industry best-practices, and deliver information and knowledge to a long-term open archive for the relevant community. 


  • Support Developing Industries and Emerging Markets

  • The GS1 network supports the establishment and expansion of local, national, and multi-national spatial data infrastructures that are locally to globally compatible. It has a particular emphasis on helping developing industries to establish best practices and acquire the capacities to maintain them. Interested members are encouraged to participate in GS1 committees to help develop, manage and expand the adoption of global standards, and to put in place industry-driven processes for prioritization to address the business process needs of various industries including healthcare, retail, transport and logistics, food, manufacturing and packaging, etc.


  • Contribute to Global Standards Development Effort under Global Standard Management Process (GSMP)

  • Globally and locally, GS1 Standards Development teams develop, maintain and review global standards via the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP). GSMP is GS1’s document development life cycle. This life cycle includes a comprehensive set of rules that allows GS1's community of stakeholders to reach consensus on user-driven standards. GSI has Class-A Liaison status with the ISO standardization body and similar liaison arrangements with other standards bodies. As a GS1 member, the agency can learn, share and contribute to the development of Global standards development, and have the opportunity to review pending standards documents. 


  • Support Open Access Publishing of GS1 Learning and Research Materials

  • The GS1 network, being a not-for-profit organisation, strives to publish various literature including regional and global newsletters, conference proceedings, case-studies, research findings and industry best practices. In this manner, the annual dues supplied by members support these knowledge and information that are legally-accessible across the world providing maximum dissemination of knowledge and sharing.


  • Participate in Regularly Held GS1 Events

  • Participate, network and partner with other agencies, organisations, private companies and industry key stakeholders.  Since the founding of GS1 more than 40 years ago, experts in standards and data matters have come together to share their experiences in advancing industry best practices from local to international levels. Registrants and special guests participate in presentations, panel and poster sessions, engage in round table and committee project discussions, receive workshop training, and challenge each other in lively technical and policy dialogs on best business and workflow processes. Special sessions for meeting with peer agencies, whether closed or open, may be arranged at each conference.


  • Access to Training & Education on GS1 System

  • GS1 members have access to the GS1 eLEARN Training Portal, an internet global training system initiative that offers virtual courses (e-learning and classroom) in combination with professional certification linked to competency profiles. 


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