The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has delayed the implementation of track and trace system for export of pharmaceuticals to maintain the parent-child relationship in packaging levels and its uploading on Central portal till April 1, 2022 for both SSI (small scale industry) and non-SSI manufactured drugs.
Prior, the last date was extended till April 1, 2021 due to the ongoing situation of COVID-19. And again it is further extended for one year of time period.
Amit Yadav, DGFT said, "The date for implementation of Track and Trace system for export of drug formulations with respect to maintaining the parent-child relationship in packaging levels and its uploading on central portal has been extended upto 01.04.2022 for both SSI and non SSI manufactured drugs." The manufacturer or the exporter of drug formulations will print the barcode as per GS1 Global Standard at different packaging levels to facilitate tracking and tracing of their products.
It includes Incorporation of two dimensional (2D) barcode encoding unique and universal global product identification code in the format of 14 digits Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) along with batch number, expiry date and a unique serial number of the primary pack. The manufacturer or exporter shall maintain the data in the parent-child relationship for three levels of packaging i.e. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary packaging and their movement in its supply chain.
As one time exemption all manufacturers are exempted from maintenance of Parent-Child relationship in packaging and its uploading on central portal (DAVA portal).