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ECCnet Registry provides a single point for access to and maintenance of standardized, accurate, robust product information for the Canadian supply chain. ECCnet Registry, which improves data integrity of product information exchanged by trading partners domestically and internationally, is now a standard term and condition of trade in the grocery, foodservice and pharmacy sectors in Canada.



ECCnet Registry is a service offering of the not-for-profit, industry-led GS1 Canada. GS1 Canada, as a GS1 Member Organization, ensures that ECCnet Registry is based on global standards.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is a government organization in the Minister of Agriculture’s portfolio. AAFC’s mandate is to provide information, research and technology, and to create policies and programs to achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth.

It is innovative projects like ECCnet Registry, that AAFC feels will help ensure the long-term prosperity of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

By providing standardized, accurate product data, ECCnet Registry addresses two major elements of Canada’s new agriculture policy, the Agricultural Policy Framework: Food Safety and Innovation. The Agricultural Policy Framework, aims to brand Canada as the world leader in Food Safety, Innovation and Environmentally-Responsible Production and ensure that the words "produced in Canada" are synonymous with excellence worldwide.

A key strategy towards increasing Food Safety is the tracking and tracing of products throughout the supply chain. The registration of food products in a centralized location like ECCnet Registry is an important building block in creating a comprehensive tracking and tracing system in Canada and ensuring the safety and quality of our food.

As part of the Innovation element of the Agricultural Policy Framework, Agriculture Canada is focused on aiding small businesses, the backbone of Canada’s agricultural industry, to keep up with new technologies and adapt to a changing business environment. ECCnet Registry helps small businesses by creating a level playing field where all suppliers, from the smallest to the largest, have equal opportunity to make their product information available to the trading community.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has contributed $130,000 under its Agri-Food Trade Program to help about 4,500 small and medium-sized businesses find out about the registry and enter their data in Canada’s National Product Registry. AAFC funding allows GS1 Canada to offer training courses on ECCnet Registry for small businesses in both of Canada’s official languages. For more information on GS1 Canada Education, click here.

GS1 Canada and AAFC are currently working together on developing a funding strategy for the Tracking and Tracing of food products using Canada’s National Product Registry.

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