v. 19 – Q3 2021
|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 (leading to a new deadline in the year 2025) instead of 2 years. By 2025, the requirements of printing the Data Matrix with GTIN, Expiry Date, and Batch Number must be met; however, this does not include the serialization requirements.
Requirements for serialization implementation has not be postponed and the timeframe for the same has not been defined yet. 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.
REGIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STATE OF PUNJAB
Open points include: the requirements for aggregation, whether the requirement applies to medical devices, and that the GTIN is not listed as an encoded data element; however, the Public Awareness Notice issued by the “Government of the Punjab Primary and Secondary Health Department” does list GTIN as an encoded data element in the 2D Data Matrix.