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GEPIR: Global GS1 Electronic Party Information Registry

GEPIR, or Global Electronic Party Information Register, is a database that holds information for over 1,000,000 companies in over 100 countries throughout the world. On the GS1 website, the GS1 Member Organizations allow you to search by barcode/GTIN, Container Code (SSCC), Location Number (GLN) and company name.

Searching by GTIN
GTIN, or Global Trade Item Number, is an identifier for trade items, ultimately helping the trading process of buying and selling. GTINs are assigned to any product or service that can be priced, ordered or invoiced at any point the supply chain. The GTIN can be used to retrieve pre-defined information about the item.

Searching by SSCC
The SSCC, or Serial Shipping Container Code, is a GS1 Identification Key for any item established for transport and/or storage that needs to be tracked throughout the supply chain. The SSCC remains the same for the life time of the transport container and is a mandatory element in the GS1 Logistic Label using Application Identifier.

Searching by GLN
The GLN, or Global Location Number, is the GS1 Identification Key for Locations and can be used to identify physical locations and legal entities in order to retrieve information that helps to improve the efficiency of communications within the supply-chain.

Searching by Company Name
Through GEPIR, users can also search by company name in order to locate enterprises.

Search for Barcode Information Using GEPIR

I’ve had several questions recently about how to find more information about a product based on its barcode.  Several questions mentioned barcode country codes, so I thought it would be helpful to explain what these codes actually identify and give somes tips on finding more information.  Barcode country codes identify the country in which the manufacturers unique ID was assigned.  These codes don’t necessarily indicate the country where the product was made.  This is important to realize if you’re trying to determine where a product you purchased was manufactured.

GS1 provides an online search for those of you that wish to learn more about a product just based on its barcode.  The Global Electronic Party Information Register (GEPIR) is a database that contains basic information for over 1,000,000 companies in over 100 countries.  GEPIR allows you to search by Barcode (GTIN), Container Code (SSCC), Location Number (GLN), or Company Name.  I think this resource is a great first step for those of you that want to know more about a specific product or simply a mystery barcode.