Committees and working groups


Within GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg, there are several bodies that contribute at different levels to the policy and activities. 

Steering committees and working groups in support of our Board of Directors. Their agenda is determined by research questions from GS1 Global or GS1 in Europe, specific assignments from the Board and questions from the market. They try to provide an answer by looking for solutions within the standards and, where necessary, providing input for their expansion.

The members of the committees are representatives of our members (manufacturers and distributors) with extensive experience and expertise in the area. Solutions approved by committees are communicated to the Board of Directors through the CEO. If a committee cannot reach consensus, the Board of Directors will decide on the further course of action. 

The Board, the CEO or the committees themselves may also set up temporary working groups to address specific issues within a discipline. They report to the relevant committee, which in turn - through the General Manager - communicates the solutions to the Board of Directors. Working groups are composed of experts from the member companies, depending on the  subject at hand.

The following bodies will manage the governance of GS1 Belgilux and at Benelux level:

Sectoral Business Council/ Top2Top

The sectoral business council gives C-level input for the sector vision/strategy and policy for product information and supply chain management at sector level.

Steering Committee

The steering committee’s aim is to draw up the project proposals and to manage the realisation of project plans commissioned by the Board. 

Working groups

Working group’s aim is to develop solutions for business issues based on GS1 standards on behalf of the Steering Committees. Working groups submit implementation projects to the Steering Committee and implement after approval. The permanent sector working groups manage and maintain the implementation of GS1 standards for their respective sector. It can be operational or non-operational issues. 


Overview of the permanent committees and working group


Working group Future of Data Exchange

The objective of this working group is to better understand which information is asked by the distributors outside the GS1 GDSN network and My Product Manager. Thus, GS1 Belgilux will be able to execute a complete analysis to determine if a common solution for the market needs to be launched, or if new tools have to be provided for our members.

Contact persons: Raphaël Ghaye and Bo Pincket

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Working group Future of Digital Assets Exchange

Making product images available has become essential in an increasingly digital world. Images are still very often exchanged in a non-standardised and uncontrolled manner between distributors and suppliers. The objective of this working group is to better understand the needs of the market in terms of photos and digital assets.

Contactpersons: Raphaël Ghaye and Bo Pincket

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Belgilux working group transactional data

The purpose of the Belgilux working group "transactional data" is to maintain the HO2C scenario's (data elements and associated validation rules). HO2C is a domestic and sector related format. In order to secure the future, the focus will also be on cross-sector and cross-border invoicing.
In this role, the working group assesses each change request.

Contact persons: Johan Vernimme and Dennis De Cat.

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FMCG & Foodservice

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Belgilux Top2Top

The purpose of these Top2Top is to have yearly meeting between the C-level of brands and retailers and GS1 to discuss common strategic objectives.

Contact person: Jan Somers

Benelux Maintenance Group Product Master Data

The Benelux Maintenance Group Product Master Data maintains the datamodel (standardised product sheet) and the associated validation rules used to exchange product information via GS1 GDSN within the Benelux.

In this role, the committee assesses each change request.

Contact persons: Bo Pincket GS1 Belgilux, Jan Schimmel GS1 NL

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Working group Future of Data quality

Reliable product information is essential to ensure traceability, safety and regulatory compliance. It also enables more efficient inventory management, reduces waste and strengthens consumer trust.The objective of this working group will be to better understand current obstacles and future needs, and to reach a consensus between the requirements of distributors and those of their suppliers. 

Contact person: Raphaël Ghaye

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DIY, Garden & Pet

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Benelux Maintenance Group

The Maintenance Group manages, maintains and develops GS1 standards on the basis of market developments and market demand. The starting point is to resolve business issues and to optimize exchange. The ultimate result is to safeguard the GS1 standards (implementation convention).

Additionally and when needed, there is a possibility to create temporary working groups. For example working groups to optimize a specific part of the datamodel, whether this is a class/segment of bricks, or working groups about one or more specific attributes to be optimized for multiple bricks.

Contact persons:

GS1 Belgilux: Zhangli Pollet

GS1 NL: Rob Bouwels

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Benelux Steering Committee

The objective of the Steering Committee is to steer towards the realization of the GS1 Business Council committed projects within the term set out in the business case. It also aims to develop and prepare project plans instructed by the Business Council or, in the case of enough support within the Steering Committee, developed in-house within the limits of the GS1 policy plan and without delaying factors.

Contact persons:

GS1 Belgilux: Raphaël Ghaye

GS1 NL: Marco Van der Lee

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Benelux Business Council

The objective of the Business Council is to determine the vision and policy of the sector. On that basis, it prioritizes business issues and it commissions and commits to the projects set up by the Steering Committee.

Contact persons:

GS1 Belgilux: Raphaël Ghaye

GS1 NL: Jerry Tracey

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Belgilux Steering Committee

The objective of the Healthcare committee is to determine the vision, policy and priority of the sector, and this based on the Global Health Care 5 year strategy (2023-2028).

Contact person: Patrick Ponsaerts

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Healthcare User Group

The objective of this user group aims to bring together professionals from all stakeholders members of GS1 Belgilux in the healthcare sector, including hospitals, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, distributors.

Contact person: Patrick Ponsaerts

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