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GS1 US Data Hub Product Lifecycle User Guide

22 February 2019

GS1 US Data Hub Product Lifecycle User Guide

When you first create a new product in GS1 US Data Hub, the product is in the Draft status. When you save this product and assign a GTIN, it moves to the PreMarket status. You can then generate a "For Placement Only" (FPO) barcode for packaging design purposes. When you're ready to start sharing this product with the marketplace, you can move the product to the In Use status. You can then generate a barcode that can be placed on products.

To view the GS1 US Data Hub Product Lifecycle User Guide, click here >

To learn more, view the PreMarket vs. In Use instructional module in the GS1 US University Learning Management System (sign in is required).

Troubleshooting Guide - Product Create

23 April 2019

Troubleshooting Guide - Product Create

To view the Data Hub Product Create Trouble Shooting Guide, click here > 


Q. My prefix is out of capacity. How can I obtain more barcodes?

A. It's not possible to “add capacity” - or add additional GTINs - to an existing prefix when you need more barcodes. If you exhaust the numbering capacity of your GS1 Company Prefix, you can obtain an additional Company Prefix. As your business grows, it may be worth investigating if the additional prefix that you are planning to acquire should have greater numbering capacity. This way, you won’t have to come back as frequently and you may be able to save money over time. If you only need a few more GTINs, another option is to license GS1 US GTINs. Learn more by visiting the GS1 US Get Started Guide.

GTIN Non-Reuse Rule

14 November 2019

GTIN Non-Reuse Rule

The Standard for GTIN Reuse across all industries was changed in the GS1 General Specifications on December 31, 2018. As of January 1, 2019, products in GS1 US Data Hub with an In Use status can no longer be changed to the For Reuse status.

If your company assigned the For Reuse status to a product BEFORE December 31, 2018 in GS1 US Data Hub, that product can remain in the For Reuse status until the end of the reuse period (47 months). The GTIN can be made available again, one more time. Please note that for products in the Apparel industry, the reuse period is 30 months. 

For example, a consumer packaged item GTIN that was assigned the For Reuse status on 12/1/2018 can be reassigned one more time, at the end of the reuse period, or 12/1/2022. An apparel item GTIN assigned the For Reuse status on 12/1/2018 can be reassigned one more time, at the end of the reuse period, or 12/1/2021.

Note: For products in the Regulated Healthcare industry, GTINs can never be reused.

For more details, view these resources:

The GS1 US University Learning Management System includes a recorded webinar, GTIN Reuse Rules Are Changing; to locate this recorded webinar, sign-in and type "Reuse" in the search box; when the "GTIN Reuse Rules Are Changing" course displays, click "Launch."

GS1 US GTIN No ReUse page on the GS1 US website, which provides a summary of the changes;

GS1 US Data Hub Frequently Asked Questions page, which answers questions that members have posed about the GTIN No Reuse rules.