What is an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM ?

An ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefix is a name or acronym used to create a globally unique ISO 8000 quality identifier. This can be your name, brand name or domain name and should be easily identifiable by your customers. SmartPrefixes are registered to allow users to lookup the owner of the identifier and where the identifier can be validated.

What does an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM cost?

The cost to register an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM is $500 per year. You can register sub prefixes for your sub brand name for an additional $100 per year (a sub prefix is required if your identifier is not unique within your domain).

How do I register an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM ?

Since the purpose of the SmartPrefixTM is to identify the owner of the part number, an Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier (ALEI) for the organization is required to register a SmartPrefixTM. There is no charge to obtain and register an ALEI, which can be created using the free-to-use resource at  www.eALEI.org.

Once you have registered your ALEI, you can proceed to create an account and register your SmartPrefixTM.

Rules for registering an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM ?

  • A SmartPrefixTM may not include spaces
  • A SmartPrefixTM may include these special characters: ! @ % * $ ^ _
  • A SmartPrefixTM may not include these special characters: # : ? & ” ‘ ( ) [ ] { } \ / |
  • A SmartPrefixTM is not case sensitive

Why do I need an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM ?

Manufacturer or Supplier

The SmartPrefixTM makes it clear that you are the owner of your part numbers and the authoritative source for any information regarding the product associated with your part number. You do not need to create a new number, you simply add your registered SmartPrefixTM to your existing part number to create an ISO 8000 quality part number. You can also use your SmartPrefixTM to create ISO 8000 quality asset numbers, serial numbers and batch numbers too.

Publishing your product specifications in ISO 8000 Structured Data Format (SDFx) will allow your customers to use these to automatically create item names, descriptions and classifications. This saves time and improves the quality of the item descriptions, making it easier for your customer to find and order your product.


Asking for your suppliers for ISO 8000 quality part numbers and product specifications in ISO 8000 Structured Data Format (SDFx) will allow you to automatically create the item names, descriptions and classifications you need to add a new material or validate existing materials in your procurement or inventory management systems. This will not only save you time, but it will improve the quality of your master data. Better quality master data is the quickest way to reduce item duplication and maverick spend.

If you do not receive an ISO 8000 quality part number from your supplier, you can convert an existing part number to the ISO 8000 quality part numbers format by adding an ISO 8000-115 SmartPrefixTM. This will tell you who issued the part number and who you should ask for information regarding the item.