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Commerce Ministry to Implement Online System for Tracing & Authentication of Export From April, 2020

The Union Ministry of Commerce, through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), will implement online system for tracing and authentication of pharmaceutical export packages from April 1, 2020.

The online system is envisaged to help manufacturers and merchant traders to generate and utilise tertiary and secondary level coded data in a user-friendly manner. 

“Industry is very happy with the government initiative which will solve problems for track and trace,” says Nipun Jain, chairman, SME panel, Pharmexcil.

Simplified tracing system for authentication of drug packages will act as a single window integrated system that will enable the tracing of an exported pharmaceutical product. It has the provision to upload product and production data.

It also has provisions to create virtual tertiary and secondary packages and generation of unique identification for manufacturers,  merchant exporters (Labeler Code), products (Product Code), and Packages (Package Code- Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Packs). 

It will also help in tracing of pharmaceutical product exported using Unique ID and QR Code. 

System is based out of simplistic workflow and hence takes care of both manufacturers and merchant exporters. 

With this system, tertiary and secondary packing will be taken care with their corresponding unique serial numbers and there is no need of duplication of SSCC and tertiary generated by proposed system.

The proposed system is for Indian government’s tracing and tracking mechanism for export purposes, therefore it is independent of the product coding systems used by a manufacturer.

It facilitates ease of tracking of packages and products using Unique ID. An App shall be provided to verify product details upon entering unique Id.

The proposed system shall provide feasibility of generation of primary codes from software to printing systems directly and avoid manual or third party intervention. E-sign of Government of India shall be used (Aadhar based) instead of digital signatures. For products verification, the listing may be taken from authentic source like SUGAM, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).