An important update related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: GS1 General Assembly 2020 in Lisbon cancelled

Dear Management Board Members, MO CEOs, MO Chairs and Other Guests,

We hope that this note finds you safe and healthy at this difficult and uncertain time. Global concern regarding the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused us to carefully assess the upcoming GS1 General Assembly. Together, GS1 Global Office and GS1 Portugal have made the difficult decision to not hold the physical GS1 General Assembly 2020 from 2 to 4 June 2020 in Lisbon.

We intend to organise virtual Management Board and General Assembly meetings in the week of June 2, 2020. To accomplish this, we will leverage a series of videoconferences combined with an electronic voting mechanism. Details and logistics of this process are in development and will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

We will also propose that our General Assembly event of next year, which is scheduled to take place from 17 to 20 May, 2021, be hosted by GS1 Portugal and held in Lisbon instead of Brussels, as had been previously decided.

Needless to say, we deeply regret to have to cancel the physical meeting, but we trust you will understand this decision. We would like to warmly thank the GS1 Portugal team who had already done tremendous work to prepare this event.

Practical information:

  • Hotel: For those of you who reserved sleeping rooms, GS1 has requested all reservations to be cancelled, however, this will take a few weeks to finalise and provide you with a confirmation email. If you wish to cancel your reservation sooner, follow these instructions: Revisit the booking website here, at the bottom of the page, click “Modify/cancel reservations”, enter your confirmation number and last name. You will receive a confirmation email of your cancellation with no penalty.
  • Networking events or tours: GS1 will cancel tours and provide refunds to those who have paid, however this could take a couple weeks to finalise. We will contact you individually when completed.
  • Flights: Please contact your airline as their cancellation policy will apply.

GS1 Global Office and GS1 Portugal would like to thank you for your understanding and for your continued support in these exceptional circumstances.

Please inform anyone that had been planning to attend the General Assembly 2020 with you.


Miguel A. Lopera

GS1 President & CEO

João de Castro Guimarães

GS1 Portugal Executive Director