Regulations and Trends


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

GS1 is doing its part in this struggle, as attested by the work done in the fight against tobacco smuggling, a sector where GS1 standards help to support the new EU requirements. 

Fighting Illicit Trade

GS1 is working proactively with authorities, member companies and relevant stakeholders to position GS1 standards to be a valuable component in 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.