Event data is a record of physical events in business processes such as shipping, receiving and picking and is shared between trading partners. It explains what was identified, when the event happened and why. GS1 EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services) is a standard that defines this information and allows it to be shared.

EPCIS and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV)

EPCIS is a GS1 standard that enables trading partners to share information about the physical movement and status of products as they travel throughout the supply chain – from business to business and ultimately to consumers. It helps answer the “what, where, when and why” questions to meet consumer and regulatory demands for accurate and detailed product information.

The goal of EPCIS is to enable disparate applications to create and share visibility event data, both within and across enterprises. This sharing is aimed at enabling users to gain a shared view of physical or digital objects within a relevant business context.

EPCIS is intended to be used in conjunction with the GS1 Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) standard. The CBV provides definitions of data values that may be used to populate the data structures defined in the EPCIS standard. The use of the standardized vocabulary provided by the CBV standard is critical to interoperability and critical to provide for querying of data by reducing the variation in how different businesses express common intent.

Visit the GS1 Global Knowledge Centre for more information on EPCIS and Core Business Vocabulary standards.