The new approach gives members a globally unique system to identify their company and the products they market, while it also permits the UCC to better manage the UCC-12 ID number capacity.
The new system will not affect current Universal Product Code users or those using the traditional 12-digit UPC symbology or bar codes. It will help bring the UCC system closer to its European counterpart, EAN Intl., which already uses a variable-length company prefix structure.
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