Serialisation: what will change for you?

In order to prevent that counterfeit products entering circulation, an increasing number of countries are introducing laws requiring producers of pharmaceuticals to provide every packet of drugs with a unique random number. Then it is possible to use a central database to check whether a drug is genuine and where in the supply chain it can be found.

For you as a pharmaceutical manufacturer, this will involve a number of far-reaching changes to your packaging line.

A unique serial number with, if necessary, a corresponding 2D barcode, can only be added to the packet or bottle after packaging and must be immediately tested for conformity.
The system must register the correlation between the various types of packaging whenever individual packages are aggregated into larger cartons, transport boxes or pallets.
Unreadable codes (both at individual and aggregated level) must be systematically removed from the packaging line.
The unique codes and corresponding product data must then be sent to the central database.

Each subsequent step (storage, transport, wholesale, delivery, sale) will be recorded in the database on a regular basis. This enables inspection authorities to trace a specific drug in the supply chain at any time.

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