Digital Data Quality Committee

New committee established to identify opportunities for improving data quality across the supply chain in Ireland

The Digital Data Quality Committee (DDQ Committee) was established in October 2014 by GS1 Ireland in collaboration with leading Irish companies in the CPG sector. The purpose of the Committee is to identify opportunities for improving data quality across the supply chain in Ireland for the benefit of all stakeholders, through the implementation of GS1 standards.

GS1 Ireland views collaboration between its members as a key contributor to the innovative solutions needed to realise the increased demand for quality digital data.  Members of the Committee have been drawn from a broad spectrum of companies including both retailers and suppliers. The committees members have come together to ensure industry requirements and challenges are approached in a manner based on mutual advantage and partnership.

Currently, the Committee consists of representatives from: BWG Foods; Carton Group; SHS Group Limited; Tesco Ireland; Largo Foods Ireland; Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland; Heineken Ireland; C&C Group; ARYZTA; Kerry Group; Irish Dairy Board; Topaz Energy; Mars Ireland; DCC PLC; and Glanbia. 

Topics currently under review by the Committee include Irish labelling guidelines; the use of unauthorised barcode numbers; the development of a Global Location Number (GLN) Registry and emerging digital trends in the context of the semantic web and an increase in the regulatory requirements for data.

Significant progress has also been made towards the agreement of an Irish data set for sharing product information digitally. It is intended that this will bring uniformity and increased efficiency across industry through improved accuracy and integrity of product data.

New labelling guidelines coupled with the correct use of barcode numbers will bring clarity to industry and GS1 requirements within the Irish supply chain and indeed for export. It is expected that having a uniform guideline for the CPG sector will help reduce the time and effort suppliers and retailers spend in resolving labelling issues.

For further information about any of these initiatives please contact Tim Daly: or call T: 353 1 208 0687