After introducing a comprehensive serialization service last year, Vetter has announced the manufacture of its first commercial batches with single-use identification numbers.

The company said it manufactured the serialized batches for one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. The folding boxes are designed to conform to South Korean regulations, which require the contents be identified via a 2-D data matrix code with a serial number, batch number, expiration date and GTIN.

Serialization is an increasingly important topic in packaging news. With counterfeit drugs turning up more frequently on the market, regulatory authorities in many countries are demanding that serialization be used to identify products. Authorities are requiring the smallest units of packaging bear single-use identification numbers. South Korean rules require serialization both to guard against counterfeiting and to promote a more secure supply chain.

So far, South Korean rules have only specified that the folding package bear serialized identification numbers. In China, 1-D linear codes are required, including aggregation with the shipping box. Vetter said its comprehensive serialization service includes a range of serial number formats, different code systems such as 2-D data matrix codes and different aggregation depths.

Vetter is headquartered in Ravensburg, Germany and operates facilities in Germany and the U.S.



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