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I need a barcode

First clarify how many GTINs you need and/or how many products you wish to label with a barcode. The GTIN assignment rules and the following example will help you to decide this:

How many product variants do you need to label?

There are three different options for obtaining GTINs. The best option for you depends on the number of GTINs required and your annual sales:

  1. GS1 Switzerland membership: ideal model if more than ten GTINs are needed; mandatory for companies with annual sales in excess of one million Swiss francs.
  2. Starter Kit 10: ideal model if you need a maximum of ten GTINs.
  3. Single GTIN: ideal model if you only need a few GTINs.

The following table will help you decide which way is best for you:

Starter Kit 10 Single GTIN1 Membership
Ideal for

Startup companies and private individuals with a focus on online trade

Companies and public bodies with only a few articles in relation to turnover

All companies

Annual costs CHF 50.-- per package of 10
CHF 65.-- per GTIN
From CHF 250.00 (GCP 10, range of numbers starting with 100)
No. of GTINs required max. 10 GTINs From 1 GTIN From 10 GTINs
Annual sales Up to CHF 500 thousand Regardless of sales Depending on sales
Additional GS1 keys1
No Yes
Membership No No Yes
GS1 Switzerland services No No Yes
Platform for managing GTINs

More information about the GS1 barcode symbols is provided here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries by sending us an e-mail or phoning us on 058 800 72 00.

1In particular, Single GTIN may not be used for the identification of medicinal products, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and SaMD (Software as a Medical Device).