The GS1 network GDSN (Global Data Synchronization Network) has been updated to a new version, which includes over 1500 modifications. This upgrade of the Standard GDSN finally comes into force on 6 May 2016. Thereafter, any other version of the messaging standard used to exchange data through the GDSN network will no longer be valid. So, the GS1 organization recommends electronic catalogues/data pools to get ready to pass the trial runs to be started up this year.
In this sense, the EDICOMData e-catalogue is already “good to go”. In fact, it was the first solution to be certified, after passing the tests required last March.
The changes proposed by GS1 to this standard and its messaging services mainly affect the organizational structure.. The aim is to arrange the information more flexibly, so that it can easily be adapted to the needs and particular features of each sector. Among other things, GDSN Major Release 3 incorporates 1000 new value codes, 300 attributes and over 250 validations.
What are the benefits of the upgrade?
- The new attributes enable users to enrich the product details that are exchanged, for example including additional information on ingredients or allergens. This is particularly useful for compliance with the food regulations of the European Union and the United States.
- The modifications carried out improve the quality of the data shared, and thus bolster confidence in the accuracy of the information.
- This version speeds up deployment time for the standard, reducing it from two years to a few weeks.
- GDSN Major Release 3 is better adapted to regulatory requirements. We are not referring solely to those already in force, as this version enables us to roll out upgrades more quickly, which simplifies future implementations.
EDICOMData, the EDICOM Data Pool
EDICOM’s e-catalogue -EDICOMData- is adapted and certified by GS1 to operate with the new GDSN version. In addition, this data pool is also authorized by the International organization for the TSD network (Trusted Source of Data), making it the most powerful solution on the market. You can find out more about EDICOMData and its applications on the solutions section of our website.