Qatar

v. 13 – 2020/01

Market Executive Summary The State of Qatar is following the common practice for the Gulf countries towards drug traceability using the GS1 Standards, aligning on the use of GS1 DataMatrix with 4 data elements.

Note that industry reports a high degree of uncertainty, with the compliance deadlines in some instances not being enforced. The advice from Excellis to our customers is to ensure that:

  1. Any compliance requirement issued is adhered to (for example item-level coding/serialisation)
  2. Data are retained in the customer’s L4 Repository / EPCIS to allow responding to any queries by authorities or retrospective data upload
  3. Where there is some uncertainty around the details of the compliance requirements, follow the Emerging Global Standard on the basis of GS1 coding
Key Dates
  • 2018: Barcoding requested for certain imports (HMC)
  • September 2019: Roadmap of Product Identification requirements announced, following GS1 standard; suppliers to enter dialogue with HMC and provide information about their compliance readiness preparations.
  • 2021: SSCC on shipments
  • 2023: Primary Pack (product code)

  • 2025: Primary Pack (batch id)