Regulations and Trends


Illicit trade and product counterfeiting are serious problems affecting our member companies and their supply chains, authorities, consumers and patients. Unfortunately no sector is immune to the risks of this criminal activity.

Fighting Illicit Trade

GS1 is working proactively with authorities, member companies and relevant stakeholders to enable GS1 standards to be a valuable component to any solution targeted at detecting, deterring and disrupting counterfeit and illicit trade activities.

Related Publications

Recommendations for EU Regulation 2018/574 implementation while minimising retail supply chain disruption
EU Implementing Regulation 2018/574 establishes a track and trace and data sharing system for tobacco products, in order to fight the illicit trade. The first implementation deadline was the 20th of May 2019 for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco.