Serialisation Pharma: Meeting the global serialisation requirements

The national regulations on the serialisation of drugs are possibly the most important criteria in the global marketing of pharmaceuticals and other pharmaceutical solutions. Optimum implementation requires complete and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the relevant obligations for pharma serialisation. A large number of global projects have shown that it is in this context that too often avoidable planning mistakes are made that can often only be corrected with high expenditure and a large amount of time.

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Interactive world map on pharma serialisation

Our experts for the serialisation of pharmaceuticals have collected for you all relevant data such as national regulations, underlying coding requirements, implementation deadlines and evaluations of the market situations in relation to future developments.

You’ll find all this information in a compact form and simply structured on the interactive world map. Simply click on a country to get all the relevant data on the global pharma serialisation requirements. Complexity reduced to the essential.

 

European Union
Regulation Name / Authority

Directive 2011/62/EU / EU Commission

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 09, 2019

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

Unique product identification number (e.g. GTIN/NTIN/PPN), Batch/Lot number, Expiry date, Serial number, National reimbursement number (if applicable).

Tamper Evident

Yes

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

Austria
Regulation Name / Authority

Coding rules for Austria to be used for verifiable medicinal products on the Austrian market according to EU Directive 2011/62 / EU and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/16 / AMVO

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 9, 2019

Data Carrier

2D Data matrix code with human readable text elements

Data Elements

  • Product Code (GTIN or NTIN) (Al 01)
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

Tamper Evident

yes

Belgium
Regulation Name / Authority

APB (Belgian Pharmaceutical Association) / Belgian MoH

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 09, 2025

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

Unique product identification number (e.g. GTIN/NTIN), Batch/Lot number, Expiry date, Serial number, National reimbursement number (if applicable)

Denmark
Regulation Name / Authority

Danish Medicines Agency (DKMA)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 9, 2019

Data Carrier

Linear barcode / 2D Data Matrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN and / or unique NTIN
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

Tamper Evident

yes

Finland
Regulation Name / Authority

Finnish Medicines Agency (Fimea)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 9, 2019

Data Carrier

2D Data Matrix,
Human readable interpretation

Data Elements

  • GTIN or unique NTIN
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

France
Regulation Name / Authority

CIP (Club Inter Pharmaceutique) - / ANSM (French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety)

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

January 01, 2011

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

Unique product identification number (French CIP code / NTIN) - (AI 01), Expiry date (AI 17), Batch/Lot number (AI 10).

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 09, 2019

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

  • Unique product identifier GTIN or NTIN
  • Product code
  • Serial number
  • Batch number
  • Expiry date
  • National reimbursement number, not applicable in France

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

Germany
Regulation Name / Authority

NMVS (National System according to EU FMD) - ACS-MAH-System “securPharm”

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 09, 2019

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200 (ASC/IFA- or GS1-Format)

Data Elements

Unique product identification number (PPN or NTIN), Batch/Lot number, Expiry date, Serial number.

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

European Union / Greece
Regulation Name / Authority

Directive 2011/62/EU / EU Commission

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 09, 2025

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

Unique product identification number (e.g. GTIN/NTIN), Batch/Lot number, Expiry date, Serial number, National reimbursement number (if applicable)

Greece
Regulation Name / Authority

Greek Ministry of Health & Welfare

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Apr 08, 2004

Data Carrier

Code 128 and EAN-13 on Vignette

Data Elements

Serial number (in Code 128) and Greek EOF code (9 digits) incl. NPO registration number (in EAN-13)

European Union / Italy
Regulation Name / Authority

Directive 2011/62/EU / EU Commission

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 09, 2025

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

Unique product identification number (e.g. GTIN/NTIN), Batch/Lot number, Expiry date, Serial number, National reimbursement number (if applicable)

Italy
Regulation Name / Authority

“Italian Bollini” / Italian MoH

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jan 04, 2005 “old Bollino” / Dec 31, 2015 “new Bollino”

Data Carrier

2 linear barcodes (Code 39 and ITF) on Bollino (Vignette) and one 2D DataMatrix

Data Elements

New Bollino
3 barcodes: 2 linear barcodes (Code 39 and ITF) encoding the AIC code and the serial number and a 2D DataMatrix encoding the AIC and the serial number.

Island
Regulation Name / Authority

Icelandic Medicines Agency

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 9, 2019

Data Carrier

2D Data Matrix and optionally linear barcode
Human readable interpretation

Data Elements

  • GTIN or unique NTIN
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

Tamper Evident

yes

Sweden
Regulation Name / Authority

LIF Sweden

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 9, 2019

Data Carrier

2D Data Matrix,
Human readable interpretation

Data Elements

  • GTIN or unique NTIN
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

Tamper Evident

yes

Argentina
Regulation Name / Authority

ANMAT drug traceability system / Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

August 30, 2015

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200, GS1 128, RFID tag

Data Elements

  • GTIN (AI 01)
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)-optional
  • Exp. Date (AI 17)-optional

Australia
Regulation Name / Authority

Guidance on TGO 92 / Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Sep 01, 2020

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

TBD

Data Carrier

TBD

Data Elements

TBD

Brazil
Regulation Name / Authority

SNCM “Sistema Nacional de Controle de Medicamentos” Law No. 11.903/2009 / ANVISA

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

August 01, 2018 (3 batches / see expert view)
April 01, 2022 (All products / see expert view)

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01) or National Number (NHRN) - (AI 713), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Serial Number (AI 21)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Aug 01, 2018 (3 batches / see expert view)
Apr 01, 2022 (All products / see expert view)

Data Carrier

Possibly GS1 128

Data Elements

Possibly SSCC (AI 00)

China - Human
Regulation Name / Authority

CFDA Decree No.28 / “National e-coding system” / CFDA

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jan 01, 2022

Data Carrier

Other, GS1 Standards are accepted

Data Elements

National Number that includes a data thread including a unique serial number

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

China - Veterinary
Regulation Name / Authority

Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jun 30, 2016

Data Carrier

QR Code (UTF-8)

Data Elements

Veterinary drug product tracing code (24-digit number randomly generated by the national veterinary drug product tracing system) containing tracing code, product name, product approval number or registration certificate number of import veterinary drugs, abbreviation of the manufacturing enterprise and contact telephone

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

Egypt
Regulation Name / Authority

Project on Tracing & Tracking Pharmaceutical Preparations
Inside Arab Republic of Egypt

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Dec 31, 2018

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Dec 31, 2018

Data Carrier

GS1 128 or GS1 DataMatrix

Data Elements

SSCC (AI 00)

India
Regulation Name / Authority

DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) - System Development handed over to PHARMACEUTICAL EXPORT PROMOTION COUNSIL OF INDIA (PHARMEXCIL)

Primary Level Packaging
Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Apr 01, 2015 (solely mono-cartons); Remaining delayed until further notice

Data Carrier

EAN/UPC or GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1 128 or GS1 DataBar

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17) and Serial Number (AI 21)

Secondary Level Packaging
Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Oct 01, 2013

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1 128 or GS1 DataBar

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17) and Serial Number (AI 21)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

1 July, 2019
Historic development:
Oct 01, 2015
changed to
Apr 01, 2016 for non-SSI
Apr 01, 2017 for SSI and then postponed to July 1, 2019

Data Carrier

GS1 128 x 2

Data Elements

First code: GTIN (AI 01), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17) and Second code: Serial number as SSCC (AI00)

Tertiary Level Packaging
Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Oct 01, 2011

Data Carrier

GS1 128 or GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 (first code) / GS1 128 (second code)

Data Elements

a) Shipping cases: First code – GTIN (AI 01), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17) and Serial Number (AI 21) // Second code – SSCC (AI 00);

b) Pallets: SSCC (AI 00)

Indonesia
Regulation Name / Authority

National Agency of Drug and Food Control
Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (BPOM)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

January 1, 2023

Data Carrier

QR Code or DataMatrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN or Product Edition Permission Number (AI 90)
  • (AI 90) Product Edition Permission Number
  • (AI 10) Batch Number;
  • (AI 17) Expiration Date;
  • (AI 21) Serial Number

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not required

Iran
Regulation Name / Authority

TTAC Executive guideline No. 660/11873 dated Sept. 7, 2014

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jan 01, 2015

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

Jordan
Regulation Name / Authority

Guidelines of Identification and Bar coding of Medicinal Products for Human Use / JFDA

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Jul 01, 2018

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

January 01, 2020

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory. Only batch coding

Lebanon
Regulation Name / Authority

Ministry of Public Health

Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

31 December 2019 (imported)
1 Jan 2023 (domestic)

Data Carrier

GS1 2D DataMatrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN (AI 01), EXPIRY DATE (AI 17) BATCH/LOT Number (AI 10)

Malaysia
Regulation Name / Authority

MoH Draft Rule

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

January 01, 2023

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

January 01, 2023

Data Carrier

GS1 128

Data Elements

SSCC (AI 00)

Norway
Regulation Name / Authority

Norwegian Medicines Agency

Step 1
Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

January 1, 2018

Data Carrier

Linear barcode and optionally 2D Data Matrix barcode

Data Elements

  • GTIN or unique NTIN
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

Tamper Evident

yes

Step 2
Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

February 9, 2019

Data Carrier

2D Data Matrix,
Human readable interpretation

Data Elements

  • GTIN
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)

Tamper Evident

yes

Oman
Regulation Name / Authority

MH/DGMS/DSS/M/7043 / Directorate General of Medicinal Supplies MoH Oman

Secondary Level Packaging
Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

Dec 31, 2017

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Mar 1, 2019

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Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Tertiary level packaging
Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

Dec 31, 2017

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1 128

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Pakistan
Regulation Name / Authority

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP)

Tertiary level packaging
Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Dec 15, 2023

Data Carrier

GS1 Code 128

Data Elements

First code: GTIN (AI 01), Batch Number (10), Manufacturing Date (11), Expiration Date (17)
Second code: SSCC (AI 00)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Dec 15, 2023

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Product Identification Information (AI 240),
Serial Number (AI 21)

Secondary level packaging
Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

December 15, 2019

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

December 15, 2023

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Serial Number (AI 21)

Primary level packaging
Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Dec 15, 2019 or Dec 15, 2023 (see comment)

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
Information (AI 240)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

December 15, 2023

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Product, Serial Number (AI 21)

Philippines
Regulation Name / Authority

Guidelines on Implementing FDA Circular No. 2014-011

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Jun 30, 2016 - ON HOLD

Data Carrier

Linear code or Data Matrix (possibly GS1)

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01) , Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Qatar
Regulation Name / Authority

Hamad Medical Corporation

Tertiary packaging level
Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1-128

Data Elements

  • GTIN (AI 01)
  • EXPIRY DATE (AI 17)
  • BATCH/LOT Number (AI 10)

Secondary level
Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200,
Human readable interpretation

Data Elements

  • GTIN (AI 01)
  • EXPIRY DATE (AI 17)
  • BATCH/LOT (AI 10)

Russia
Regulation Name / Authority

Federal Law № 61-FZ "Circulation of Medicines" / Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

January 2020 (all drugs)
Essential list might be earlier

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

  • GTIN (AI 01)
  • Serial Number (AI 21)
  • Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)
  • Expiration Date (AI 17)
  • Verification key (AI 91) – only in DataMatrix
  • Crypto-key (AI 92) – only in DataMatrix

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

January 2020 (all drugs)

Data Carrier

GS1 128

Data Elements

Manufacturers and wholesalers (members of GS1 Russia):
SSCC (AI 00)

Manufacturers only:
sGTIN: GTIN (AI 01) and Serial Number (AI 21)

Wholesalers only (non-members of GS1 Russia):
Identification Code of the tertiary packaging (AI 999): Package extension indicator (N1), wholesale organization identifier (N2-N10), control number (N18)

Saudi Arabia
Regulation Name / Authority

Guidance for the industry on Saudi Drug Code (SDC) and drug barcoding specifications / Saudi FDA

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Mar 21, 2015

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Mar 12, 2017

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10), Expiration Date (AI 17)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

South Africa
Regulation Name / Authority

National Department of Health South Africa

Tertiary packaging
Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

December 30, 2018

Data Carrier

GS1 128 Linear Barcode or GS1 Data Matrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN (01)
  • BATCH/LOT (10)
  • EXPIRATION DATE (17)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

June 30, 2022

Data Carrier

GS1 128 Linear Barcode or GS1 Data Matrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN (01)
  • BATCH/LOT (10)
  • EXPIRATION DATE (17)
  • SERIAL NUMBER (21)

Secondary packaging
Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

Sep 01, 2020

Data Carrier

GS1 DataMatrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN (01)
  • BATCH/LOT (10)
  • EXPIRATION DATE (17)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jun 30, 2022

Data Carrier

GS1 DataMatrix

Data Elements

  • GTIN (01)
  • BATCH/LOT (10)
  • EXPIRATION DATE (17)
  • SERIAL NUMBER (21)

South Korea
Regulation Name / Authority

Korean Pharmaceuticals Information Service / Ministry for Food and Drug Safety (MFDS - formely Korean FDA)

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Jan 01, 2010 (solely KDC coding); Jan 01, 2012 (specific products); Jan 01, 2013 (all Rx products)

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1 128

Data Elements

KDC (Korean Drug Code / NTIN) - (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17) and Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jan 01, 2015

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix

Data Elements

NTIN
Batch/Lot Number - AI (10)
Expiration Date - AI (17)
Serial Number - AI (21)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not mandatory

Switzerland
Regulation Name / Authority

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Taiwan
Regulation Name / Authority

Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA)

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Jan 01, 2018 (for secondary and tertiary level)

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 (secondary) / GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1 128 (tertiary)

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10) and Expiration Date (AI 17)

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jan 01, 2019 (for secondary and tertiary level)

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 (secondary) / GS1 Data Matrix ECC200 or GS1 128 (tertiary)

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10) and Expiration Date (AI 17)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Jan 01, 2020

Tunisia
Regulation Name / Authority

Ministry of health

Batch coding Batch coding
Deadline

January 1, 2019

Data Carrier

GS1 2D DataMatrix

Data Elements

  • (01) GTIN
  • (10) Batch/Lot Number
  • (17) Expiry Date

Turkey
Regulation Name / Authority

“Regulation Regarding the Packaging and Labeling of Medicinal Products for Human Use” Official Gazette 25904 from 12/08/2005 – İTS „ilaç takip sistemi“ / Turkey MoH

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

Jun 01, 2010

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Jun 01, 2010

Data Carrier

GS1 128

Data Elements

SSCC (AI 00)

United Arab Emirates
Regulation Name / Authority

Dubai Health Authority - DHA

Batch Coding Batch Coding
Deadline

Jan 01, 2017

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Expiration Date (AI 17), Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

TBD

Ukraine
Regulation Name / Authority

State Service of Ukraine on Medicines and Drug Control

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

October 18, 2018

Data Carrier

GS1 bar code, possibly Data Matrix

Data Elements

  • (01) GTIN
  • (21) Serial number
  • (10) Batch number
  • (17) Expiry date

Other data to be included to the packaging:

  • the name of the medicinal product
  • the name and address of its manufacturer
  • registration number
  • methods of application; dose of the active substance in each unit and their amount in the package
  • storage conditions;precautions

Tamper Evident

no

USA
Regulation Name / Authority

Drug Quality and Security Act (HR 3204) - Title II: Drug Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) / US FDA

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

November 27, 2017
(no FDA enforcement until Nov 26, 2018)

Data Carrier

Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

GTIN (AI 01), Serial Number (AI 21), Expiration Date (AI 17) and Batch/Lot Number (AI 10)

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

November 01, 2023 (To be decided)

Data Carrier

To be decided

Data Elements

To be decided

Bahrain
Regulation Name / Authority

SCH Bahrain (Supreme Council for Health). Issuing the System for Tracking and Tracing Medicine Provision and Supply Chain inside the Kingdom of Bahrain

Serialisation Serialisation
Deadline

December, 31 2019

Data Carrier

GS1 Data Matrix ECC200

Data Elements

  • (01) GTIN
  • (21) Serial Number
  • (10) Batch/Lot Number
  • (17) Expiry Date

Tamper Evident

no

Aggregation Aggregation
Deadline

Not required

The deadline is set: EU Directive on Serialisation

The EU Falsified Medicines Directive 2011/62/EU stipulates that the manufacturer must provide pharmaceuticals with several safety features as of 9 February 2019. The EU Directive on the Serialisation of Medicinal Products aims to guarantee complete authenticity verification and effectively curb the occurrence of falsified medicinal products on the market. For producers of pharmaceuticals this means that anyone not complying with the requirements for pharma serialisation will no longer be able to sell medicinal products on the European market as of 2019.

Find out now which conditions will have to be met in the EU!

Last-minute postponement: DSCSA deadline now not until 2018

Implementation of the serialisation obligation will come in even earlier in the USA than in the EU. Since many national pharmaceutical manufacturers could not meet the very tight deadline by the end of 2017 and there were threats of a supply shortage, the FDA has now postponed the deadline by a year.

Find out now what conditions will have to be met in the USA.

 

All global requirements for pharma serialisation at a glance

Information graphic Serialisation Pharma: All global serialisation requirements at a glance – compact and comprehensible

Our project engineers and serialisation experts use the national requirements for serialisation in the pharma industry as the basis for preparing the right machine and line configuration for you. They will be at your side during order processing and subsequently help, together with our service department, during implementation in your production lines. In this way we ensure that the agreed product and customer-specific requirements are met and completion is on schedule.

 

Why you should opt for the pharmaceutical serialisation solution from WIPOTEC-OCS

  • All key functions for the serialisation of drugs in a compact area
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  • Smooth integration in existing production lines thanks to open interfaces
  • Lifetime software updates and maintenance free of charge
  • Best advice thanks to our networking with decision-makers and experts on the international serialisation guidelines
  • Whole system comes from a single source which we develop and produce on site

Meet even tight deadlines without production losses:

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Expert know-how at WIPOTEC-OCS – always up-to-date

WIPOTEC-OCS is very well positioned globally. With more than 100 branch offices and partner companies, we are very close to pharmaceutical customers and CMOs (Contract Manufacturing Organisations) on the sales and service side. Thanks to our broad Track & Trace portfolio, many doors open up to us worldwide, benefitting not least our customers.

We concentrate here on participating in working groups of the VDMA (Protect-ing) and on our status as a solution partner for GS1 Germany. Together with GS1, we work out solutions for implementing pharma serialisation smoothly and in compliance with regulations. Our international activities also provide our customers with additional benefits. These are, for example, our active participation in the GS1 Global Healthcare User Group and our founding membership of the steering committee in the Open-SCS Working Group. Our active participation in a large number of national and international associations and groups means that we are always on the ball and able to pass on the latest developments and findings regarding serialisation in the pharmaceutical industry to our customers.

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Counterfeit-proof drugs! Pharma serialisation Made in Germany.

How serialisation and aggregation solutions prevent counterfeits from entering the legal supply chain of prescription-only drugs

Breakthrough in the serialisation of pharmaceutical products in the EU: From February 2019, and therefore three years after publication of the EU-wide Directive 2011/62, it will no longer be possible to place any counterfeit prescription-only medicinal product on the market. According to the EU Directive on Serialisation, from 2019 authenticity verification must cover the complete supply chain from pharmaceutical manufacturer to dispensing chemist. Pharmaceutical manufacturers will comply with this serialisation obligation simply by trusting the Track & Trace solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS. Our solutions for serialisation and aggregation combine machine-readable product codes and unique product assignment thanks to serial numbers. WIPOTEC-OCS with its global Track & Trace solution TQS (Traceable Quality System) provides the perfect answer to all questions regarding EU-wide and worldwide serialisation and aggregation in the pharma industry.  

Visit our current free webinar on the topic: The clocks are ticking: what significance do global serialisation obligations have for the pharma industry?

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Compact pharma serialisation solution for greater drug safety

Serialisation machines print drug packages with the necessary codes for serialisation: Depending on the guideline, these are machine-readable matrix codes or alphanumeric character strings. The Track & Trace systems of WIPOTEC-OCS, however, can contribute more towards serialisation than simply printing and verifying codes. They weigh the pharmaceutical product on the same installation surface and thus carry out a completeness check. The individual packages are additionally packaged so as to be tamper-evident. The same machine can also perform aggregation, that is the documented combination of product packages into larger packs (bundles, shipping boxes through to pallets). This ensures complete serialisation at every level. Pharmaceutical products require some of the most expensive production areas in the world. As a result, the machines to be installed have to make do with minimum space even when machines are replaced. Aim to be achieved: more functionality in the same space.

The serialisation solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS provide up to five key functions for the serialisation of drugs in a compact area.

  • Serialisation: Generating, applying and verifying serial numbers and codes.
  • Applying country-specific vignettes and labels provides maximum flexibility when printing
  • Completeness check using weight acquisition
  • Tamper-evident: Tamper-proof sealing of individual packages

TQS Fast Track – Implement fully automated serialisation solutions within 6 weeks

The serialisation of pharmaceuticals is highly strategic and is assigned a key role in the production environment. It ultimately depends on this whether a product is saleable at all. A completely controlled production flow can still fail right up to the last stage in the product design process, possibly the palletising of individual boxes prior to shipping.

Since February 2019, pharmaceutical companies in the EU have had to serialise their products in accordance with the EU Directive. They therefore had less than two years to implement a serialisation solution. For the US market, the deadline was set for November 2018 – American pharmaceutical companies had to comply with the requirements of the DSCSA guidelines by then. This is where best practice from WIPOTEC-OCS comes into play. We provide standardised serialisation machines which perform the greatest possible number of required market- and manufacturer-specific functions. Pre-engineering thus enables a lead time of six weeks. The delivery and configuration of an open XML interface which is included in all Track & Trace TQS solutions allows serialisation machines to be installed and commissioned in the shortest time possible. The solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS are perfectly tailored to meet the needs of pharmaceutical companies, enabling them to achieve timely compliance with guidelines on the serialisation obligation. As a result, there is hardly any faster way to meet the international requirements for serialisation in the pharmaceutical industry while at the same time avoiding proprietary stand-alone solutions.

 

TQS Fast Track- the fast response to tight serialisation deadlines

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TQS FAST TRACK – fully automated pharma serialisation solution

Supplier independence due to highly flexible serialisation software solution with open interfaces

TQS stands for the open communication approach of the Track & Trace solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS. The Traceable Quality System underscores our philosophy of supporting the healthcare industry to satisfy global guidelines on serialisation in the pharma sector in the best way possible. The open interfaces of the TQS solutions enable the flexible use of products from different manufacturers and thus avoid so-called vendor lock-in. The interoperability standards created as a result permit data exchange and collaboration across many systems. This approach gives you the flexibility to choose and apply the vendor solutions that you need in order to respond to different requirements in pharma serialisation, production and packaging.

These open solutions avoid issues caused by involuntary manufacturer dependencies, such as the risk of production losses due to delayed software adaptations or difficulties in responding to changing regulations.

 

TQS Line Manager - open interfaces for avoiding lock-ins

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The certain EXTRA: that makes pharma serialisation with WIPOTEC-OCS so unique

So along with the open system interface, it is not only the very short delivery times for best practice serialisation machines or the options for universal integration into other packaging machines which are the key benefits of the complete Track & Trace solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS. The fact that the overall system originates from a single source, is built in a single location and is controlled via a single interface is at least equally important. In addition to serialisation parameters, it is possible to detect other product attributes such as weight and code quality for a truly unique selling point. All attributes can be stored together with the serial number (TQS Traceability+).

 

Outstanding features of Track & Trace TQS: Free software updates

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Less obvious, and therefore all the more noteworthy, is the fact that we charge no fees for software updates and maintenance. We ensure that the software of your WIPOTEC-OCS machines is always up-to-date so that you easily comply with the country-specific guidelines on the serialisation of pharmaceuticals even if they change. This additional unique selling point of TQS is a significant cost benefit at a time when new catalogues of measures and legislative adaptations in the field of serialisation pharma cannot be ruled out.

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