The Philipp ines will host an international meeting on globally-recognized GS1 barcoding system in a commitment to advance consumer protection in light of the Southeast Asian economic integration in 2015.
The chief executives of GS1 organizations in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) particularly Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the regional representation of the GS1 Global Office in Brussels, Belgium will be the country’s guests. GS1 Philippines will host the meeting that will commence in a welcome cocktail on Aug. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria.
“Having identified a range of opportunities for cooperation in the region in preparation for the ASE AN Economic Community by 2015, this meeting will solidify and coordinate the GS1 ASE AN regional activities,” said GS1 Philippines President Jose A. Albert. Among Philippine groups that are expected to join the meeting are Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Association of Supermarkets Inc., Philippine Food Processors & Exporters Organization, Philippine Exporters Confederation, and Retailers Council of the Philippines.
Other expected Philippine participants are Philippine Retailers Association, Packaging Institute, Chamber of Cosmetics Industry, Soap & Detergent Association, Pharmaceutical & Health Association, Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers, and Beverage Industry Association.
The barcoding system being pushed by GS1 is seen to enhance protection of consumers amid an expected influx of many types of imported goods by 2015. The system ensures that products, especially medicine and health products, are tracked wherever these are found—from the stores up to the manufacturing site. This way, defective or fake products are recalled from the market in order to stop harm on consumers and patients.
The system is recognized by the World Customs Organization and the World Health Organization. GS1 is an international non-profit association present in more than 100 countries.
Through its technical expertise, it provides training and support to companies and organizations on the production of barcodes (numbering and barcoding system). The barcoding system will also improve supply chain management — the series of steps in the process of moving goods and services from raw materials to consumers. It will help reduce cost of manufacturing goods over the long term.