How does IBN assure barcode uniqueness and validity?

 

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  • List three measures that IBN takes to assure barcode buyers of their barcode uniqueness, validity and legitimacy.

Ideally, barcode suppliers and users should be able to check numbers against a single global database of barcode number allocations.

However, such a database doesn’t exist, and would be very difficult to maintain.

How we assure barcode uniqueness and validity:

Therefore we follow the well-established industry standard procedures, which include the following:

  • We provide an audit trail of proof-of-purchase back to the original UCC/GS1 member, from whom we purchase in batches of 100 000.
  • We provide a legally-enforceable guarantee to our barcode purchasers.
  • We check every barcode against these comprehensive records prior to sale:
    • Gepir.org
    • Amazon