This year will be a busy one for pharmaceutical compliance as governments around the world continue to roll out their serialization and traceability plans. India track and trace regulations are no exception: There was a deadline in January, there’s one at the end of this month, and another is coming in August.
Let’s take a look at the India track and trace regulations and what the pharma industry has to do to be ready.
January 1: Labeling APIs
As of January 1, 2023, all imported and domestically manufactured active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) must be labeled with QR codes “at each level packaging that store data or information.” This is the culmination of a process that began in June 2019, when the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) approved a proposal mandating QR codes on APIs. At that time, DTAB estimated that the regulation would affect approximately 2,500 APIs.
The QR codes must contain 11 data points, including a unique product identification code, the name of the API, and the manufacturing and expiry dates. The QR codes must link to a national database with pricing data from the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority.
March 31: Full track and trace and reporting to the iVEDA Portal for exported drugs
For all exported drugs, March 31 is 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 apply to both small-scale industry (SSI)- and non-SSI-manufactured drugs. The iVEDA portal is used for only registering and reporting exported drugs.
August 1: Barcoding for the Top 300 domestic pharma brands
These rules were originally scheduled to come into force on May 1, but that was pushed back to August 1. The rules stipulate that eight data points must be incorporated into a “Bar Code or Quick Response Code” to be printed on or affixed to the primary packaging, including a unique product identification code (e.g., GTIN), the brand name, and manufacturing and expiry dates.
Final thoughts about the India track and trace regulations
We talked about these regulations in more detail last year. See that article here. As we said then, our team has worked in the India pharma market for many years and understands its complexities, challenges, and benefits. We have offices and experienced staff in the country. Contact us today to learn more about the India track and trace regulations and to arrange a demo. In about 15 minutes, one of our supply chain experts can show you how we can help ensure you comply while maximizing your impact in this huge market.