Barcode-Glossary

EAN-8 Symbols

The eight-digit EAN code is a short version, meant for low-volume articles. As the diversity in numbers is limited, each manufacturer has to give special proof for requiring an eight-digit EAN code. The first two numbers, read from left to right, represent the country code, followed by the five-digit product number and the single-digit check digit. The EAN-8 symbol (VBCD: EAN/JAN-8), read from left to right, is composed as follows:

  • One leading Quiet Zone,
  • one normal guard bar,
  • 4 functional characters from the character set A
  • one dividing character
  • 4 functional characters from the character set C, whereby the last functional character represents the check digit which is automatically generated by the "Visual Bar Code Designer",
  • one normal guard bar,
  • one closing Quiet Zone
  • Below the barcode character, the EAN-8 symbol contains a human readable display of the information encoded in the EAN-Symbol, written in OCR-B font.

EAN-8 Symbols