What is GEPIR
GEPIR (Global Electronic Party Information Registry) is a unique,
internet-based service that gives access to basic contact information
for companies that are members of GS1.
These member companies use GS1’s globally unique numbering system
to identify their products, physical locations, or shipments.
By simply typing a product bar code number into GEPIR, anyone can
find the owner of that barcode’s contact information. Physical location
numbers and Shipment numbers can also be used as search criteria.
Visit http://gepir.gs1.org to see GEPIR in action.
How does GEPIR work?
GEPIR supports many different types of usage. The goal of the example below is to show you the main functions of GEPIR.
- Widgets Inc. joins GS1, through
its local GS1 Member Organisation
and is given a number called a Global
Company Prefix (GCP).
- The GS1 Member Organisation
stores basic contact information for
Widgets Inc. and makes this available
- A person finds a product made by
Widgets Inc. and is interested to have
company contact information. The
person types the bar code number of
the product into GEPIR.
- GEPIR uses the GCP part of the
bar code number as the reference to
find the correct MO to request the
- The MO that maintains the
information uses the GEPIR network
to return the contact information
about Widgets Inc. to the user
Who uses GEPIR?
GEPIR supports a wide range of different uses. Consumers looking for more
contact information than printed on the packaging. Buyers in supermarkets finding
contact information when
sourcing new products. Application providers
confirming who owns
a bar code number.
Did you know?
- GEPIR gives access to contact details for over 1 million
companies in over 100 countries.
- GEPIR is a network that connects data from GS1 Member
Organisations who represent GS1 at the country
- GEPIR only gives information about the company who
owns the barcode number and the brand under which
the product is sold. This company may manufacture
their products anywhere in the world.
- A number of organisations, including GS1 Member
Organisations have developed mobile applications
on various platforms that interface with the GEPIR