Barcode Scan Verification
Barcode Scan Verification tests your printed barcode images to ensure that they can be scanned first
By identifying any problems with barcodes before wide-scale production of packaging begins, brand owners
avoid the unwelcome scenario where products must be withdrawn, packaging redesigned and reprinted - all
a barcode does not scan when it should.
Barcode Scan Verification tests barcodes to ensure that they comply with global standards and on a
scanners (including point-of-sale scanners) to ensure that each one passes the "real-world"
To facilitate product listings, you can submit printing proofs of your intended packaging in order to get
certificate for your trading partners confirming you have submitted your barcode for testing. It is
you also submit your final packaging to ensure your barcodes are compliant with sizing, positioning and
GS1 Canada is a certified third-party barcode verifier that complies with the Procedural Guidelines for
What We Test
Barcodes that can be tested by
Barcode Scan Verification tests your barcodes for:
- Proper location on packaging
- Correct magnification
- Valid quiet zones
- Compliance between human readable portion and scanned barcode
- Authentication of GTIN ownership
- Scan Reflectance Profile (a graphical representation of barcode quality) including:
- edge contrast,
- decodeability and
- scannability defects
Barcodes are issued a grade between A (4.0) to F (below 0.5) and passing barcodes receive a certificate
compliance. If the barcode fails, GS1 Canada will issue feedback providing direction on how to amend
Journey of a GTIN
Available Tools and Services
The only global standard for unique product identification, get Global Trade
for your products through GS1 Canada.
An all-in-one tool to efficiently create high-resolution barcode symbols for
Solution Provider Directory
Use your own designers and printers or consult our Solution Provider Directory
for a list
of approved solution providers.
Barcode Scan Verification
Ensure your barcodes scan correctly on a variety of retail point-of-sale
GTIN Management Standard
Find out whether changes to your product or labelling require a new GTIN.
The Value of Barcode Scan Verification
Our commitment to data excellence ensures bilingual product data is perpetually cleansed
increasing accuracy and building trust between trading partners. By ensuring that
correctly before packaging is finalized helps to ensure that accurate data can be
accessed at every
point in the supply chain.
Trusted Canadian Excellence
No matter the size of your organization, we know exactly what you have to do to meet
trading partner and regulatory requirements. Simply schedule and send your products to
GS1 Canada and we
will capture and distribute everything your trading partners need to sell your products
Increased Operational Efficiency
Save significant resources and increase consistency by replacing manual, repetitive
paperwork with one centralized, non-proprietary industry solution. Barcode Scan
Verification helps to
identify problems with printed barcodes before packaging is finalized, saving time and
with needing to withdraw products and redesign and reprint packaging.
GS1 standards create a common language to identify, capture, share and use supply chain
ensuring important information is accessible, accurate and easy to understand.
By helping your barcode images comply with global barcode standards, Barcode Scan
your products can be scanned anywhere in the world.
Submitting Product, Print Proofs or Labels for Barcode Scan Verification
GS1 Canada subscribers in good standing can submit products, print proofs or labels to be tested using
Barcode Scan Verification service.
- Access the Content Capture Service Request tool and click “Create Content Capture Service
Request”. You can get access to Content Capture Service Request by registering for The Vault or The Vault
- Follow the onscreen instructions to create a new Barcode Scan Verification request
- Use the calendar under “Scheduled Week” to choose the week you want to send
in your print
proofs, labels or products. The first day of the chosen week is Monday and is
highlighted in blue.
- Print your Shipping Manifest by clicking the “Manifest” button
- Send the printed Shipping Manifest, along with your products, print proof or labels to be
tested, to our
Montreal studio. The shipping address is:
9200 boul. du Golf
Notes on Barcode Scan Verification
You can request Barcode Scan Verification à la carte or add it to another service, including Trading Partner Bundles; when you send your
You may order multiple Barcode Scan Verification tests à la carte for the same barcode on print
or labels. If you would like this option, you can change the quantity of tests ordered for that GTIN
Content Capture Service Request tool.