Position paper 30 March 2021

Identification & Traceability of Medicinal Products – A tool towards strengthening health systems


The global R&D based pharmaceutical industry is committed to ensure patient safety and is actively engaged in helping to secure the legal supply chain, namely through the use of traceability tools worldwide.

Identification & traceability technologies are a set of tools that can effectively help in securing the supply chain, by enabling tracking forward the movement of medicinal products (in this case) through specified stage(s) of the extended supply chain and also trace backward the product’s history, application or location.

In this paper, we will be focusing on medicinal products (medicines, including biologics and vaccines), though many of these principles can be applied to medical devices.

This document was developed by IFPMA with the support of other industry associations (AIFD, EFPIA, KRPIA and PSI).