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The European Article Number (also known as EAN) is a Global Trade Item Number standard describing a barcode symbology and numbering system. It's used in global trade to identify a specific retail product type, from a specific manufacturer.
The most commonly used EAN standard is the thirteen-digit EAN-13. The EAN barcodes are the international standard used in Europe, Asia and other regions for lookup at retail point of sale and online stores. Accepted by the largest online and retail stores including Amazon, Ebay, AliExpress, Jet, Shopify etc.
EAN-13 barcodes are actually 12-digit UPC codes with prepended digit 0. European Article Numbers can also be used as numbers for other purposes such as wholesale ordering or accounting.
Every registered EAN barcode number in Barcodes Pro Registery is unique for every product. The registered EAN barcode numbers can be found in Global Electronic Party Information Registry ( GEPIR )
The 13-digit EAN-13 European Article Number as a GTIN standard consists of these three main components.
The first digits of the EAN-13 identify the Barcodes Pro Member Organization (not necessarily where the product is actually made).Note that EAN-13 codes beginning with 0 are actually 12-digit UPC codes with prepended 0 digit.
The product code is assigned by the manufacturer. The product code immediately follows manufacturer code. The total length of manufacturer code plus product code should be 12 digits.
The check digit is an additional digit, used to verify that a barcode has been scanned correctly.