rfxcel Takes Big Step as Leader in Russian Aggregation, Serialization & Supply Chain Compliance

If you follow our blog, read our white papers, or have seen our articles in industry journals, you know rfxcel is the leader in Russian aggregation, serialization, and supply chain compliance. Now we’ve taken another big step to cement our status: We’ve been named an official integration, software, and tested solution partner with Russia’s Center for Research in Perspective Technologies (CRPT).

This is big news for us, so let’s summarize how we got here and what it means.

The CRPT and Russian aggregation, serialization, and supply chain compliance

The CRPT is a public-private partnership that manages Russia’s National Track and Trace Digital System, known as Chestny ZNAK. To achieve integration, software, and tests partner status, we had to show the CRPT that our supply chain software could fully manage and execute all aspects of Chestny ZNAK’s notoriously stringent compliance reporting processes. For example, here are some the requirements for pharma:

    • A 2D barcode must be placed on all units; it must include a GTIN, serial number, batch number, expiration date, and Foreign Economic Activity Common Nomenclature (FEACN) code.
    • All medications must be serialized, including over-the-counter medications.
    • Different requirements for aggregations and batches.
    • Supply chain members must report every change to individual batches.
    • Foreign manufacturers may have to report up to 36 compliance events.
    • A 44-character crypto code is required on all medicine packaging.

So, our Moscow-based team in Russia had a lot to prove when it met with a CRPT approval board in March. They presented a comprehensive demonstration of our signature full-stack solution, rfxcel Traceability System. They also answered technical questions and share examples of compliance reports.

After an internal evaluation, CRPT notified use that it had validated our solution and designated us as an official integration, software, and tested solution partner on its website. We look forward to working with companies in the pharma, food and beverage, consumer goods, and government industries to help the with Russian aggregation, serialization, and supply chain compliance.

Final thoughts

Our success with the CRPT was due to a lot of hard work and commitment to the Russian market. When Chestny ZNAK became law on December 29, 2017, we began honing our operations in Russia. In August 2019, we reported that we had doubled the size of our team in Russia; since then, we’ve tripled in size. As our CEO Glenn Abood said, “Today, we’re one of a very few supply chain solution providers with active implementations in the country, and we’re working with more and more companies as our reputation for ironclad compliance and supply chain management grows.”

Of course, we’re thrilled about our progress in Russia. It all boils down to the quality of our solutions and the knowledge and skill of our people, who have expertise in key areas of supply chain management and technology. They all speak the Russian, of course, and they know the regulations inside and out. They understand how to meet our customers’ needs while ensuring they’re fully compliant with Russian aggregation, serialization, and supply chain compliance requirements.

Contact us today learn more about how rfxcel can help you with Russian regulations. And be sure to ask about our other track and trace and compliance solutions. Sure, we’re the leader in Russian aggregation, serialization, and supply chain compliance solutions, but we can optimize any supply chain anywhere in the world. Ask us how!

Quick News: Russia Changes 2020 Serialization Deadlines for Footwear

Leap Year brought significant change to the timetable for footwear serialization in Russia. Announced February 29, Government Resolution No. 860 gave companies a few extra months to comply with the regulations: Key deadlines were pushed back from March 1 to  July 1.

Here’s what happens with footwear serialization on July 1

Starting on July 1:

  • Production and import of unlabeled shoes is prohibited.
  • Wholesale and retail sale of unlabeled footwear is prohibited.
  • Transfer of information about production, importation, and wholesale and retail sales to Russia’s National Track and Trace Digital System (Chestny ZNAK) becomes mandatory.

We discussed Russia’s labeling requirements for footwear in a previous blog post. Read it here.

Two other changes in 2020

Resolution No. 860 also stipulated changes to deadlines concerning unlabeled footwear:

  • Unlabeled footwear purchased before July 1 may be imported until August 1. (The original dates were March 1 and April 1, respectively.)
  •  Companies may label shoes made or acquired before July 1 until September 1, but only if they can document the date of manufacture or purchase. (The original dates were July 1 and September 1, respectively.)

And that’s that. Short and sweet — but significant in that companies who were not prepared have gained some much-needed time to ensure they’re in compliance.

Why you should choose rfxcel for Russian compliance, no matter what industry you’re in

rfxcel is the undisputed leader in Russia compliance. We’ve prepared for Chestny ZNAK since 2018. We’re one of the few providers with active implementations in the country. We’ve tripled our workforce in Russia over the last year. Our team in Moscow provides our clients, which include major global consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies, the quickest time to market while fully automating their compliance reporting.

No matter how far along you are in your preparations to meet Chestny ZNAK requirements, we are who you need to talk to — even if you’re already working with another provider. Our powerful software ensures companies in any industry will remain compliant with Russia’s complex regulations while mastering their supply chains with end-to-end traceability and rich, actionable data mined right down to the unit level.

Email us today at russia@rfxcel.com to schedule a conversation with one of our supply chain experts in Moscow. We think you’ll be impressed when you learn more about our capabilities in Russia.

And be sure to read “Russia 2020: A Guide to Consumer Goods Supply Chain Compliance,” an easy-to-understand white paper that explains the fundamentals of the Russian legislation and puts it all in context. If you’re interested in what’s in store for pharmaceuticals in Russia, check out our white paper about that industry.


Is It Time to Change Your Supply Chain Solution Provider?

Is your supply chain solution provider dropping the ball? Is it doing everything it can to help you meet global compliance like EU FMD, U.S. DSCSA, and Russia Chestny ZNAK? What about serialization, traceability, environmental monitoring, safety, data analytics, and your other key needs?

If you operate a pharma supply chain in the EU, Russia, the United States — anywhere — think about this:

An effective supply chain is like an effective athlete. It’s fast. It works toward goals. It always plays by the rules. It uses data to innovate and improve performance. It communicates with its team members. It focuses on excellence 24/7. It wins the game.

But to optimize its potential, it needs an effective coach. That coach is your solution provider, and rfxcel wants you to know that we have a 17-year track record of serialization, traceability, and supply chain excellence in the pharma industry. So, if you’re thinking it’s time for a change because your current solution provider isn’t getting you the wins you want, we want you to take a look at us.

Here’s why.

You’ll be fast and work toward goals

When you work with rfxcel, you’re fast right out of the gate and focused on your business goals. Our preconfigured and pre-validated solutions simplify the implementation process, meaning you’ll have a fully validated production solution in under 30 days. We listen to what your goals are and configure your solutions based on your guidance. You review and approve the implementation. Plus, our solutions are available in a variety of languages, which speeds implementation and boosts ease of use because people can work in their native language.

You’ll always “play by the rules” — you’ll always be compliant

rfxcel has the most comprehensive compliance reporting solution for your regulatory requirements. With us, you never have to worry if you’re compliant, no matter where you’re doing business. To illustrate, consider what we do for our pharmaceutical clients:

  • We deliver iron-clad global compliance: EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD); U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA); Russia’s National Track and Trace Digital System (Chestny ZNAK); India Drugs Authentication and Verification Application (DAVA); plus all regulations in China, South Korea, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and more.
  • We’ve sponsored pilots with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA)
  • We’ve processed more than 3 billion transactions and serial numbers.
  • The Top 6 pharma manufacturers in India have selected us as their solution provider.

A little more about Russia Chestny ZNAK

rfxcel is the leader in Russian compliance. We’ve been prepared for the country’s strict regulations since 2018, a year before they began rolling out. We’re one of few providers with in-country implementations. Over the last year, we tripled our workforce in Russia. That Moscow-based team provides our customers, which include major global consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies, the quickest time to market while fully automating their compliance reporting and assuring ongoing compliance. So, if you want to do business in Russia, rfxcel is your best choice for total supply chain compliance, optimization, and support.

You’ll use data to improve performance and innovate

Our full-stack rfxcel Traceability System software platform is one solution for your entire supply chain, enabling comprehensive serialization capabilities, true end-to-end traceability, compliance reporting, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled environmental monitoring, and analytics from anywhere in the world. It can comprise up to eight discrete solutions that work in concert to harmonize, optimize, automate, and monitor virtually every aspect of your operations.

In other words, you will have around-the-clock access to rich, actionable data about everything in your supply chain, right down to the unit level. This is data you can use to improve performance, innovate your operations, and engage with consumers. Furthermore, our solutions support all industry and customized data formats, and we offer secured connections to exchange and manage/transform data.

You’ll connect and integrate with all your trading partners

With rfxcel, you’ll never be out of touch with your trading partners, no matter where they’re located. Thousands of companies are already connected to our network, which means almost instantaneous integration and communication across common trading partners. Our systems enable secure connections to exchange information, so your communications are always safeguarded. Most important, we have more than 70 data verifications that prevent bad data from entering your system. No garbage in means no garbage out.

You’ll get rfxcel’s world-class service and 24/7 support

Our industry-leading service doesn’t end after you’ve signed your contract and your system is implemented. Customer satisfaction is our No. 1 priority. We want you to be happy with our service, support, and products at all times.

Final thoughts

rfxcel is the coach you need to achieve peak supply chain performance. If your solution provider isn’t operating at this level, it’s probably time to think about switching teams. We deliver from one end of your supply chain to the other, whether it’s laboratory to patient, farm to table, or factory to retailer to point of purchase. We will help you meet compliance requirements and make your partners and customers happy. If your current provider isn’t delivering what you need, you need to contact us today.