• Jim Southern

Is Your WMS System Ready for the 2018 EU Falsified Medicines Directive?

Counterfeit Drugs

What is it and what does it mean for my business?

Well, in simple terms it means that every pack of medicine or pharmaceutical product will have to have a unique identifier applied at the point of manufacture and be tracked through the whole supply chain. The unique identifier will need to contain the product code, batch number and expiry date as well as its serial number to uniquely identify the pack. This data will also need to be contained in a barcode (a 2D Datamatrix) which can be scanned and tracked throughout the supply chain. ​

2D Pharma Barcodes

So if you are a pharmaceutical manufacturer, distributor or pharmacy there will be a requirement to record, capture and share this information. To satisfy the regulatory authorities for the new directives will take a lot of effort, and if you don't have a system in the warehouse, a lot of paperwork.

Drug tracability

A smart WMS System will certainly be a "must have" to record and validate this level of information and will at the same time, deliver the operational efficiencies through the use of 2D barcode scanning, handheld technologies and configurable software to automate all the warehouse and inventory processes.

It does sound like a big ask for any system but Dexterity WMS already supports this functionality including being able to configure the 2D barcodes to suit your business, smart scanning and validation on goods receiving through order pick & pack to despatch with a full traceability record for every single transaction.

2D Dexterity Terminal

As well as the operational efficiencies on offer, Dexterity WMS will enable you to validate expiry dates, track and locate product recalls down to individual batch numbers and achieve all this with no more staff than you have now. 2018 seems like a lifetime away but the industry reports that most companies are already behind with their preparations to implement the EU directives.

If you need to get ready, consider Dexterity WMS as part of your supply chain solution for the warehouse.

We have a wealth of experience in implementing our specialist Dexterity WMS Systems to help clients realise the benefits of a smart Warehouse Management System. Please get in touch for a no obligation and no pressure discussion on how Dexterity WMS could help your business.

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