Chapter 4. EAN & IAN, EAN-13 & JAN, GTIN, EAN-8, EAN2 & EAN5

Table of Contents

4.1. EAN, IAN
4.2. EAN-13, JAN
4.3. GTIN
4.4. EAN-8
4.5. EAN2 & EAN5
4.6. Relation between UPC EAN GS1 GTIN


4.1. EAN, IAN

EAN means "European Article Number", but now renamed IAN (International Article Number) even though the abbreviation has been retained.

The EAN was developed as a superset of UPC, adding an extra digit to the beginning so that there would be plenty of numbers for the entire world.