What Is the History of the GDSN?

The Uniform Code Council (UCC) created GS1 Global in 1974. This numbering system was expanded outside of the U.S. in 1976 with the European Article Numbering (EAN) system. Thirty-two independent standards evolved around these two numbering systems. In 2004, the EAN and UCC codified these standards into a joint protocol: the GDSN.