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.

  1. Widgets Inc. joins GS1, through
    its local GS1 Member Organisation
    and is given a number called a Global
    Company Prefix (GCP).
  2. The GS1 Member Organisation
    stores basic contact information for
    Widgets Inc. and makes this available
    via GEPIR.
  3. 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.
  4. GEPIR uses the GCP part of the
    bar code number as the reference to
    find the correct MO to request the
    contact information.
  5. 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