New serialization law pose challenge for anyone manufacturing products for the Russian market

In January 2019 the Russian Crypto-Code Act became law. By January 2020 it will become mandatory to have the serialization code on all medicines imported into and sold in Russia.

Unlike the European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) the Russian crypto-code is applicable to all medicines and not only prescription medicine.

Moreover, det crypto-code is twice the size of the European 2D matrix code with an additional 48 characters. This presents a challenge for most manufacturers as their current printing and verification equipment is not designed to handle these larger serialization codes.

Russia is not only implementing crypto-codes to pharmaceutical products, but to most product groups. Consequently, it is essential to prepare for and meet the serialization and crypto-code requirements in order to keep selling products to Russia.

If you are doing business in Russia PPS can help you with the right equipment to meet these new serialization demands. Reach out to us to learn more.