Lightweight Messaging Standard for Verification of Product Identifiers will allow supply chain partners to verify that a product in their possession is suitable for forward distribution.
Manufacturer verification of the product identifier and associated data will give supply chain stakeholders actionable information helping them to determine whether to accept, reject or quarantine a product.
“In record time, GS1 has delivered a standard that fully meets our needs. It will facilitate our ability to manage interoperability between trading partners within US regulations surrounding salable returns”, said Jeff Denton, Senior Director, IT Global Secure Supply Chain at AmerisourceBergen.
Although this standard was driven by pharmaceutical regulatory requirements in the US, it has been developed as a generic lightweight framework that will support re-use and extension for other product sectors (e.g., food, components in technical industries), in all geographic regions.
“Workgroup members and industry stakeholders should be commended for coming together so quickly to develop and agree upon a standard that aids pharmaceutical, and potentially all industries, create a safer supply chain,” said Siobhan O’Bara, Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, GS1 US.