Canada

v. 19 – Q3 2021

Market Executive Summary No regulatory Serialisation nor data carrier requirements. Recommendations are for optional data standard and carrier based only on guidance presently. Also, optional (but required by some trading partners) is the capture of the GTIN/DIN relationship in the GS1 ECCnet system. Vaccine Information Database System (VIDS) requirement for vaccines.
May 2021: GS1 has released a roadmap for implementation of 2D barcodes in Canada to ensure readiness for Canada to have system wide scanning capabilities by 2025. GS1 will also be helping to collaborate on a communication to Health Canada to request that Health Canada establish requirements to align with GS1 roadmap and industry best practices for barcoding. See GS1 link below:
https://gs1ca.org/gs1ca-components/documents/2D_DataMatrix_Implementation_Roadmap.pdf
Key Dates
  • 2025: GS1 roadmap (May 2021) to extend coding/scanning system-wide by 2025
  • December 31, 2017: Aim to achieve coverage of 80% of vaccine products carrying 2D bar codes on secondary pack and linear barcode on shipper case by January 1, 2018
  • December 31, 2016: Aim to achieve coverage of 80% of vaccine products carrying 2D bar codes on the primary pack by January 1, 2017

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