Key dates for Brazil serialisation
28-April-2022: Deadline for implementation of serialisation for all products and reporting to the national drug control system - Sistema Nacional de Controle de Medicamentos(SNCM).
Requirements for April 2022 implementation
- All prescription medicines must be serialised (except: Free samples, medicines used for Government purposes like vaccines and serum, phytotherapic, dynamised medicines and radiopharmaceuticals).
- All importers and manufacturers must have a “serialisation plan” in the SNCM portal.
- All product event reports must be submitted by supply Chain stakeholders to SNCM.
Introduction to Brazil serialisation
Being one of the largest economies in Latin America, Brazil will join Russia, the EU, and many other countries for mandating serialization in its pharma supply chain in April 2022. Brazil’s legislation has had a complex set of requirements for putting into effect their serialization and reporting processes in order to achieve complete compliance. Post the pilot phase in 2017-2018, the Brazilian industry has grown and matured which has also impacted the legislation. The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) is planning on implementing a thorough nationwide serialization solution and its regulations are planned to go into effect by April 2022.
ANVISA (Brazilian health regulatory agency)
Back in 2016, ANVISA signed the National Medicine Control System (SNCM) into law (Law No. 13.410). It established the serialisation requirements and timelines for the entire Brazil pharmaceutical supply chain. Brazil’s serialisation requirements are being implemented in four phases.
- Phase 1 - Regulation phase went into effect from December 2016.
- Phase 2 - Experimental phase went effective from September 2017, which marked the beginning of a 1-year pilot phase.
- Phase 3 - Evaluation Phase, lasted from September 2018 through May 2019, included a pilot review and the finalisation of technical guidelines.
- Phase 4 - Implementation Phase was set from April 2019 to April 2022 and included unit-level serialisation implementation.
The set regulations established by Brazilian Drug Control System – SNCM must be followed by all pharma companies that are manufacturing or even importing goods to Brazil.
Product identification and data capturing requirements
The mechanisms and procedures for drug tracing, recognised by Law No. 11,903, dated January 14, 2009, are established within the scope of the National Drug Control System (SNCM), by means of capture technology, Storage, and electronic transmission of data, throughout the pharmaceutical chain in the national territory to protect Brazil’s 212.6 million citizens against common problems in the drug supply chain, including counterfeit drugs and cargo theft.
- Aggregation for Brazilian serialisation will be implemented by a unique identifier; provided by Unique Medicine Identifier (IUM) for every individual package and for transport package; an identifier provided by IET (Identificador de Embalagem de Transporte) must be applied and linked to respective IUMs and presented in 2D QR code.
- Every transport package containing at least one medicinal product included in the SNCM experimental phase from the registration holder's dispatch event instance must have a unique identifier code that allows the relationship with the IUM of the medicinal products contained therein.
- It is prohibited to repeat the serial code between units of the same drug arrangement.
- The SNCM requires unit-level serialisation, tracking & tracing products and monitoring environmental conditions as products move through the supply chain.
Secondary and tertiary packaging
- The mechanisms and procedures for drug tracing recognised by Law No. 11,903 dated 14 January 2009 are established within the scope of the National Drug Control System (SNCM) by means of capture technology, storage and electronic transmission of data throughout the pharmaceutical chain in the national territory.
- The two-dimensional bar code is the technology for the capture and storage of instances of events necessary for drug tracing within the SNCM. The two-dimensional code standard adopted is DataMatrix.
- The GS1 DataMatrix bar code symbol should encode at least the following data that makes up the IUM (Unique Medicine Identification) in the following order:
- GTIN ‐ Global Trade Item Number
- ANVISA Medicine Registry Number
- Serial Number
- Expiration Date
- Lot / Batch Number
Data Storage and reporting
- Reporting requirements for Brazil are less complex than other countries like Russia (MDLP) or Saudi Arabia.
- There will need to be reporting to a centralised repository which is a mandate for commissioning, aggregation, supply chain (shipping and receiving), and destruction.
- The reporting will need to be done in a horizontally, chronological order for an MAH within 3 business days after the occurrence has been reported of the event.
- To report by uploading, a user will need to either upload a CSV file manually through a web interface or upload EPCIS XML files using webservices.
- The Brazilian Drug Control System will have a database centralised in a Federal Government institution, for storage and consultation on the movement of drugs under its responsibility.
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