What is an EAN?
The International Article Number (also known as European Article Number or EAN) is a standardized format to describe a barcode symbology and a numbering system. It is used in global trading to identify a product type or even more specific a certain product from a specific manufacturer. EAN numbers are not only used for lookup of global products but at the same time it can be used for other purposes like for example ordering or accounting. There are two versions of the EAN. One is the EAN-13 that has 13 digits. It is a superset of the original 12-digit Universal Product Code (UPC-A). For smaller packages with not much space on the package the 8-digit EAN-8 was introduced.