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What is Serialization?

While we’re heads down implementing serialization and traceability software or operationalizing new processes, we’re often asked a relatively simple question – what is serialization?

Since the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was passed, we’ve worked tirelessly with our clients, chiefly in the supply chain, IT, quality, and regulatory functions to stand up serialization initiatives that meet regulatory requirements, improve operational efficiencies, and of course, provide full supply chain visibility and traceability. Working in the so-called trenches to serialize our clients’ full product lines has instilled a deep understanding of serialization at nearly every level.

Though it’s seemingly a straightforward concept, it’s the simplest ideas that can often be the most difficult to explain.

With that in mind, we’ve created a short video with the intent of explaining serialization to anyone – your coworkers, your boss, your next-door neighbor, your spouse – after watching this video, anyone should have a basic understanding of what serialization is, why it was created, and which challenges it’s intended to solve.

Most of our serialization work is centered around the supply chain to adopt new strategies, processes, and technologies that allow for a business to, at any time, pinpoint the location and origin of any single drug. As I mentioned already, there are also clear implications to the quality and regulatory functions as collecting, validating, and reporting the information collected in a serialized supply chain is a direct requisite of most serialization regulations across the globe.

As you watch the video, consider what other questions you have about serialization. We’re always looking to improve the content we deliver to ensure that we’re providing the most useful, timely, and relevant information for our audience. For more specific advice or guidance around serialization, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly using the contact information found at the top of this page. We’ve got the most extensive serialization experience in the field and we’d love to leverage it to improve your business.

Tags: Serialization & Traceability