United Arab Emirates (UAE) – includes Dubai

v. 14 – 2020/02

Market Executive Summary The United Arab Emirate (UAE) is implementing a system in the UAE aimed to ensure the safety of patients by giving each medicine a barcode reducing the chances of any mistakes when dispensing medication.

The barcode system provides comprehensive and intelligent solutions in the management of pharmaceuticals and drug dispensations, relying on GS1 Standards. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) made it obligatory for all pharmaceutical companies, agents and suppliers to supply pharmaceuticals with a barcode based on the GS1 Standards and 2D Data Matrix.

Key Dates
  • September 2019: Tamper-Evident Packaging required
  • November 2019: Level of barcoding required on level of aggregation to include carton/case/outer pack and pallet.
  • December 2019: Scope limited to human pharmaceuticals only. Vet products will not be required during initial phase.
  • January 2020: Extension of aggregation deadline to 31-March 2020
  • June 2020: Mandated use of GS1 standard for all medicines in the supply chain in Dubai, including GLN for identification of trading partners and 4-element 2D DataMatrix on secondary packaging