Other Content Loading Tools

GS1 Canada also supports other content loading options such as EDI or GDSN.

Loading options are fully interoperable. You can load into ECCnet Registry using GDSN or EDI and ECCnet Registry can populate Item Centre or be published to a GDSN data pool.

Content Loading Process

Content Loading Process begins with data providers loading product data in the ECCnet Registry, and through various content loading options, make it available to data recipients.


The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is one content loading option within our ECCnet New Item Setup solution. GDSN is a global standard for sharing data through a networked series of interconnected global data pools.

When data is uploaded to one data pool by a manufacturer or brand owner, it can then be downloaded from a connected data pool by a data recipient anywhere in the world.

GDSN is based on the internationally-recognized GS1 system of standards and GS1 Canada hosts its own GS1-certified data pool, which is powered by 1WorldSync. It is most suitable for multinational companies doing business outside of Canada and is favoured by the medical device community.

Using GDSN reduces manual processes as data updates and new content is automatically shared with trading partners.

Content loaded via GDSN can flow into ECCnet Registry for distribution to trading partners when it meets Canadian Industry’s data excellence standards.

Content can also flow freely from ECCnet Registry data into all GDSN data pools. This enables more flexibility in how product data is loaded and received.

How to get set up

To get set up on GS1 Canada’s GDSN data pool or to find out more about GDSN, contact us at 1.800.567.7084 or email GDSNSupport@gs1ca.org.


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is method of computer-to-computer transmission that can be used for a range of business processes.

EDI can be used as a method to input information into ECCnet Registry for the following sectors:

  • Foodservice
  • Grocery
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmacy

Using EDI to input information into ECCnet Registry is generally suitable for organizations already using EDI for other purposes or for very small organizations who are outsourcing their data uploading and management to a third-party solution provider.

How to get set up

To find out more about how you can use EDI with ECCnet Registry, please call us at 1.800.567.7084 or email us at info@gs1ca.org.

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