ISO/IEC approves EPCIS standard for traceability and anti-counterfeiting

The GS1 EPCIS and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) standards for event-based supply chain visibility have been ratified by the Joint Technical Committee on information technology of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

16 September 2015


Initially published in 2007, EPCIS is today increasingly deployed in sectors such as transport and logistics, fresh foods, healthcare.

Benefits of EPCIS

EPCIS’ versatility has helped drive adoption of the standard, which allows for industry-specific enhancements and can be implemented with a number of different data carriers, including GS1 barcodes and EPC/RFID tags as well as others.

The ability to capture information about the transformation of meat, fish, produce and upstream ingredients makes EPCIS an ideal enabler of farm-to-fork traceability.

Similarly, EPCIS can be leveraged to dramatically reduce opportunities for undetected manipulation or counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products.

The new ISO/IEC international designation will enable governmental agencies and regulated sectors to make direct reference to the standard where appropriate, proving compliance with traceability and visibility regulations using an “official” standard.

It also reinforces the implementation of the standard in commercial software solutions and hence its deployment across multiple sectors.

Additional Links:

  • Download the press release, which features supportive quotes from leaders at McKesson Pharmaceutical, SAP and the ISO/IEC itself.
  • More about EPCIS