What is the GS1 company prefix?
The GS1 Company Prefix is a unique identification number that GS1 Finland Oy grants to a company. With the help of the GS1 Company Prefix, you can create identification numbers and barcodes as well as other identifiers.
Why should I get a GS1 Company Prefix?
An active GS1 Company Prefix enables your product to be sold on shops. With the GS1 Company Prefix you can also identify outer cases, logistic units, locations and assets.
When your company has a GS1 Company Prefix, no other company can use the same prefix or codes based on it. When your product has been marked according to standards, it cannot be confused with other products on the market. The identification codes generated using the GS1 Company Prefix can be used both in the company’s internal operations and globally for identification purposes between trade partners.
How can I choose the correct option of the different company prefixes?
GS1 Finland grants four different sizes of GTIN code packages for the generation of bar codes: 10 codes, 100 codes, 1,000 codes or 100,000 codes. Furthermore, there is a specific company prefix for the encoding of products with variable weight. Each product variant (size, colour, flavour etc.) needs a unique GTIN code, so you should consider the number of codes needed carefully. If there are four different colours and four different sizes of a specific product, you need 16 codes in total for it.
You should consider the needs for codes a few years ahead and choose the GS1 Company Prefix accordingly. This ensures that the numbering space is adequate for a longer period of time and that the company does not need to get a new GS1 Company Prefix so soon. An annual fee is charged for each GS1 Company Prefix. The annual fee must be paid as long as the company prefix is used for individual identifiers.
Which GS1 Company Prefix should I choose for products with variable weight?
In products with variable weight, the weight of the product, and also the price, vary between products. Products with variable weight are weighed using a scale with software that produces the barcode indicating the weight of the product. A GS1 Company Prefix for products with variable weight is ordered for products with variable weight.
How much does a GS1 Company Prefix cost?
A one-time joining fee is charged for the GS1 Company Prefix following the order. The fee varies according to the GS1 Company Prefix selected. Furthermore, an annual GS1 Company Prefix fee is charged based on the company’s turnover. See our pricing of services.
How can I order a GS1 Company Prefix?
You can order a GS1 Company Prefix from our webshop.
Please make sure that you have the following information available before filling in the order form.
- Company details (name and address)
- Business ID
- Last financial year’s turnover
- Industry of the company according to the Standard Industrial Classification (5-digit TOL 2008 code)
- Invoicing address/electronic invoicing address and operator
- Contact person (name, phone number, e-mail address)
- Personal online bank user identifiers for electronic signature
If you cannot use an electronic signature, please contact GS1’s customer service: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I check my company’s GS1 Company Prefix?
You can check your active GS1 services in MyGS1 service. If necessary, you can contact our customer service: email@example.com.
Can my customers check whether my GS1 Company Prefix is valid?
Yes. Anyone can use our GS1 GEPIR information service to check whether a company prefix is active as well as the holder of the company prefix.
What is the GS1 GEPIR?
GS1 GEPIR (Global Electronic Party Information Register) is an international information service that allows you to check company information based on the GS1 codes. The service includes the GS1 Company Prefix registers of more than one hundred GS1 countries in a single view. You can search by the global trade item number (GTIN), the global location number (GLN) or the serial shipping container code (SSCC) or by selecting the country and entering the company name as the search term. The service offered by GS1 Global Office is in English: https://gepir.gs1.org/.
How long should I keep the GS1 Company Prefix active?
The GS1 Company Prefix must be kept active and the annual fees must be paid for as long as any identification numbers created based on the GS1 Company Prefix (such as GTIN, GLN, SSCC) are in use. If a GS1 Company Prefix is terminated, the right to use the identification codes created based on it terminate as well.
What should I do when I run out of codes?
You should order a new GS1 Company Prefix. To order, use MyGS1 or go to our webshop.
A company may have several company prefixes that are active at the same time. An annual fee is charged for each GS1 Company Prefix. The annual fee is paid for as long as the company prefix is used for individual identifiers.