India – India Seeks Feedback on Mandatory use of QR Codes on API Packaging

India is planning to require manufacturers to feature quick response (QR) codes on the packaging of locally made and imported active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). The Indian government plans to implement the system at the start of April.

Through an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the Indian government wants to mandate the use of QR codes on each level of packaging. The codes will store information intended to facilitate the tracking and tracing of packs of API across the supply chain. At a minimum, officials expect the codes to store 11 pieces of information.

The proposed list of minimum data requirements includes a unique product identification code, the name of the API, details of the manufacturer and information about the ingredient, such as its batch number and the date it was made…