Why wasn an existing schema selected instead of creating an entirely new schema?
Initially, the Global Product Classification Work Team pursued an approach of acquiring an existing schema. A key criterion for the selection of a global classification was to allow ownership of the elements of the schema to be placed with an independent industry body. The intent was to avoid potential disputes over ownership rights, to ensure that Service Provider selection was based on cost & service factors (only) and that the on-going evolution of the schema would be driven exclusively by user requirements. After careful consideration, the Team determined that the proprietary nature of the existing schemas was unlikely to change in the foreseeable future and the Team concluded that it would be in the best interest of the industry to create a new schema that would be owned and managed by GS1.