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.