European Article Number. A superset of the Universal Product Code that includes the base UPC code and two or three additional characters that indicate the country that issued the number (not necessarily the country of origin for that product).
European article numbering; now also called IAN (international article numbering). International standard bar code for retail food packages corresponding to the universal product code (UPC) in the United States. UPC is a subset of EAN, and a reader equipped to read EAN can also read UPC. A reader equipped to read UPC may not decode EAN. The EAN and UPC symbols were developed by IBM and introduced into the market in 1971. The U.S. adopted UPC in 1973; EAN was adopted in 1976.
European Article Number. A system for the identification of products, services utilities, transport units and locations. The information is represented in standard bar-codes.