v. 13 – 2020/01

Market Executive Summary Current information as of December 2019 states that changes asked by the industry, i.e. clarification on the use of SSCC vs GTIN and the relevant barcodes, no requirements on primary level packaging, deadline extended to 6 years instead of 2 years. Serialization is postponed too. There might be a phased approach as originally planned but so far it has not been confirmed.

The requirements deadline has been postponed by 6 years from the release of the final guidance; however, this final guidance is not yet available.

Key Dates
  • 27 August 2025: Deadline extended from 1-Jan-2020. No requirements on primary packaging.
  • July 2020: Recommended postponement by 2 years of implementation date (Statutory Notification (SRO) No. 470/(I)/2017 that introduced 2D DM coding of all medicinal products imported or manufactured after 14 Dec 2017, secondary pack level). Note that extension is to be confirmed but requirement is currently still in draft form.
  • January 2019: Pharmaceutical products to be identified by barcoding to GS1 standard.
  • July 2017: Government of the State of Punjab Tender Requirements (issued Jan 2017), for all drugs purchased from 1 July 2017: Initial requirement also included use of AI (240) and non-existing AI (27) but the requirement to include these AIs has now been abandoned. “GPNFS (Government Property Not For Sale)” must be appear on the label.