A Technical Co-operation Agreement signed by GS1 and NATO Standardisation Agency formally enables direct contributions to the establishment of relevant GS1 standards, which will enable greater co-operation between NATO forces and services and a smooth running supply chain during crisis situations such as natural disasters, or civil emergency relief.
The alignment will facilitate the smooth distribution of all functional goods and services that a military unit requires in civil actions, from basic materials such as pens and paper, to food and beverage supplies, uniforms and blankets, technical material and tool kits and all assets such as trucks, kegs and containers.
The terms of the agreement include direct participation in relevant working groups, written contributions on proposed draft specifications and standards and the exchange of experts, documents and information.
By not reinventing the wheel with regard to standardisation, we will obtain significant cost saving for all NATO processes and procedures. Moreover, combining our know-how on military standards with GS1s experiences in civilian standards will lead to a better maintenance and development of global standardisation throughout various sectors, said Brigadier General Julian Maj, Director of the NSA.
Miguel A. Lopera, President and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 added, This agreement is of paramount importance because of its worldwide scope. Based on global standards, the improved interoperability at international level between various military services and their civilian counterparts and contractors will make it easier to accomplish common missions and tasks.