Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
This part of ISO/IEC 15459 specifies a unique, non-significant string of characters for the unique identifier of product groupings. The character string is intended to be represented in linear bar code and two-dimensional symbols, radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder or other automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) media attached to the product and/or material to meet the management needs in a batch or lot unit. To address management needs, different classes of item are recognized in the various parts of ISO/IEC 15459. This allows different requirements to be met by the unique identifiers of each class.
The unique identifier for product grouping enables a product grouping defined by a batch or lot number to be uniquely identified from all other lots and batches compliant with this part of ISO/IEC 15459. Encoding this unique identifier in a data carrier enables information about the quality of product and end-of-life processing to be clearly identified.
The rules for the unique identifier for product grouping, to identify the unique occurrence of that quality, are defined and supported by an example.
NOTE: The unique identifier for product groupings is intended for look-up purposes, and cannot be directly used as a unique item identifier in the strictest sense of the definition (as used, for example, in ISO/IEC 15459-1, ISO/IEC 15459-4, and ISO/IEC 15459-5.