GS1 China, founded in 1988 under the authorization of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China as an affiliate of General Administration of State Administration for Market Regulation, is in charge of organizing, coordinating and administrating article numbering and Auto-ID work throughout China.
In order to address to the domestic demand of healthcare safety, GS1 China strengthened and broadened the use of barcode technology in the healthcare sector in 2007, and established Healthcare Workgroup in 2008 consists of staff from 20 branches all around China. There are several projects including “Implantable medical device traceability in hospital”, “Beijing cosmetics market supervision system” and “Product ID for Chinese traditional medicine” had been carried out by the branches organized.
Barcode applications have been extended to the food safety area with great efforts and a number of food safety tracking and tracing system demonstrations have been established on a range of products such as Shandong seafood, Xinjiang cantaloupe, Yunnan pork, Sichuan tea, and the Hetian chicken of Fujian, this consolidates the critical role the barcode plays in our national food safety tracking and tracing system
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