Thursday, February 19, 2015

Steps to be taken to comply with DGFT's Track & Trace Requirements

The below communication which is also attached as doc could be forwarded to all your members to enable them comply with the Track & Trace portal requirements.

For any clarifications you may direct your members to our Implementation team at

With regards,

General Manager
GS1 India

November 20, 2014
Dear Subscriber,
Sub: Steps to be taken to Comply with DGFT’s Track & Trace Requirements
As you may be aware, The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has notified that all drugs and pharmaceutical products that are exported from India need to implement a track and trace system using barcodes as per GS1 global standards.
As part of this track and trace system, a National Track & Trace Portal is being set up for the purpose of compliance with DGFT’s requirements for exported drugs and pharmaceutical products across various packaging levels.
The following product packaging level indicator digits need to be used by you in the GTIN’s (Global Trade Identification Numbers) for your products(The indicator digit refers to the first digit of a GTIN-14).
Product Packaging Indicator Number
Packaging Level
Indicator Number 5
Will denote the Tertiary packaging level [i.e. shipper/carton]
Indicator Number 1
Will denote the Secondary packaging level.  In the event of multiple secondary packaging levels, only the first level of secondary packaging requires to incorporate the packaging indicator number.
Indicator Number 0
Will denote the Primary packaging level [strip/vial/bottle, single therapy kits etc.]

To help companies prepare and be compliant with these product marking and coding requirements, GS1 India shall be providing technical guidance through workshops at select locations (as below) and internet based webinar training sessions.
·         The workshops will be held at GS1 India offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. You can view the schedule here:
·         The schedule for the internet based webinar training sessions can be viewed here:
Please register for any one of these upcoming training sessions immediately by emailing us at We have limited seating capacity so please reserve your spot today.
At the training workshops, guidance shall also be provided on how to ensure scannability of barcodes in a variety of scanning environments using barcode verification service provided by GS1 India.
For any additional questions or clarifications on these product marking and coding requirements please contact us

Thanking you,

GS1 India Implementation Team