Our team in India just let us know that the iVEDA deadline for track and trace and reporting has been delayed. Here are the details.
As we wrote in early March, the Indian government had stipulated March 31 as the deadline for full track and trace and reporting to the Integrated Validation of Exports of Drugs from India and its Authentication (iVEDA) portal. The rules were to apply to both small-scale industry (SSI)- and non-SSI-manufactured drugs.
Today, however, the government extended the iVEDA deadline to August 1, 2023. The announcement was made through Public Notice 3/2023, which was signed by signed by Director General of Foreign Trade Santosh Kumar Sarangi.
As of today, the August deadline for barcoding the Top 300 domestic pharma brands is still valid. This requires eight data points to be incorporated into a bar code or QR code, including a unique product identification code (e.g., GTIN), the brand name, and manufacturing and expiry dates. The codes must be printed on or affixed to the primary packaging.
Final thoughts about the iVEDA deadline and requirements
We will of course continue to monitor these regulations and post news when necessary. Bookmark our blog and check back often to make sure you’re keeping up to date. And contact us today if you have any questions about this delay or compliance in any other country where you do you business.
For a good overview of India’s pharma regulations, read our update from September 2022. If we may say, our “Final thoughts” section in that article was prescient. We wrote that “India’s track and trace requirements are obviously evolving” and the pharma industry should “expect more changes as the deadlines for APIs [active pharmaceutical ingredients], iVEDA reporting, and barcoding get nearer.”
That post also cited some statistics from India’s Department of Pharmaceuticals’ 2020-21 Annual Report. Check those out and compare them with the highlights from the 2021-2022 Annual Report below. India remains one of largest and most important pharma markets in the world — and we can help ensure you stay compliant as its regulations evolve.
India pharma stats, 2021-2022
• India provides generic medicines to more than 200 countries.
• India is home to 8 of the world’s 20 largest manufacturers of generic medicines.
• More than 55 percent of its pharma exports to go to “highly regulated markets.”
• Ninety percent of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualified APIs are sourced from India.
• Sixty-five to 70 percent of the WHO’s vaccine requirements are sourced from India.
• As of August 2021, there were 741 U.S. FDA-compliant manufacturing sites in India.
• As of December 2020, Indian companies had secured nearly 4,400 abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) market authorizations.