International – WHO drafts guidance for pharma supply chain tracking

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking comments on a draft policy to help guide national regulators seeking to use international harmonized standards for creating systems to track and trace pharmaceuticals and vaccines through their supply chains.

The policy is part of efforts to help already stretched regulators minimize the risk of substandard and falsified (SF) medical products, shortages and expired products.

WHO discusses seven common features of traceability systems in the policy, including identifying the products, stakeholders and locations of production; using global standards (for pharmaceuticals, GS1 standards are currently the only international family of standards in wide use); batch-level traceability; unit-level serialization; data aggregation and verification…