In order to settle the basis about how traceability must be applied in pharma. GS1 is an internationally approved agency to regulate this process with a set of standards related to the following stages during the process:
Identify: All parts having a role here should have a unique number that can be used internationally for identification throughout fthe supply chain. GTIN for the itme, GLN for the manufacturer, etc. GS1 provides companies with these unique numbers.
Capture: GS1 data capture standards currently include definitions of barcodes and RFID data carriers which allow GS1 Identification Keys and supplementary data to be attached directly to a physical object, and standards that specify consistent interfaces to readers, printers and other hardware and software components that connect the data carriers to business applications.
Share: GS1 standards for information sharing include data standards for master data, business transaction data, and physical event data, as well as communication standards for sharing such data between applications and trading partners.
GS1 Standard - Barcodes
Barcodes are symbols that can be scanned electronically using laser or camera-based systems. They are used to encode information such as product number, serial numbers and batch number. Barcodes play a key role in supply chains, enabling parties like retailers, manufactuers, transport providers and hospitals to automatically identify and track products as they move through the supply chain. GS1 manages several types of barcodes. Each is designed for use in different situation.