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European Article Numbering system or EAN is the standard for article
numbering in Europe. It is also used in Japan where it is called JAN.
EAN is the European equivalent of the UPC system in the U.S.A. and
Canada. Both systems use the same size requirements and a similar encoding scheme. This
means that most European and American retail barcode scanners can read both EAN and UPC
barcodes. For more information on UPC, see UPC-A
An EAN 13 is a numeric barcode of thirteen digits, and can have two or
five additional digits.