Friday, October 28, 2011

Barcode for Surgical Dressings

Ref.No : 1345/11                                                            Date : 28.10.2011

Dear Mr. Subbi Reddy,

It was nice talking to you over phone today. Further our
talk, wish to introduce ourselves as one of the leading
Exporter of Surgical Dressings. We are in this field for
65 years and 100% exporting of our products to all over the

In this regard, Kindly inform us the Bar code is applicable
for our Exports. However we are intersted to go for Bar
code system.

Kindly suggest us in detail, to proceed this regard.

Thanks in advance.
Best Regards,
P.R. Vijayaraghavan.

110, T.P. Mills Road,
Rajapalayam - 626117, India.
Ph : +91 4563 230890
Fax: +91 4563 230894

Dear Sir,
Thank you for calling and it is nice also for me to speak over phone. I know that your company is the biggest exporter of surgcial Dressings from India. As you are aware, Surgical Dresings are classified as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. Hence they will attract the DGFT public notification No. 59 dated 30.6.2011.
To impliment barcode as per the DGFT notification, please go through the mannual prepared by GS1India which is kept in Pharmexcil website. You can also have access to the blog maintained for this purpose.
Thanking you
with regards
K.Subbi Reddy.

Clarification circular No. 43 of DGFT

Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Department of Commerce
Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi.

Policy Circular No. 43 (RE-2010)/2009-14                   Dated the 25th October, 2011

          All Customs Authorities / All Regional Authorities / Members of Trade.

Subject:- Implementation of bar coding on tertiary packing of consignments of pharmaceuticals and drugs for export with effect from 01.10.2011.

As per Public Notice No. 59 (RE-2010)/2009-14 dated 30.06.2011, incorporation of barcodes (1 D) encoding unique product identification code (GTIN), Batch Number, Expiry Date and Unique Serial Number of the Tertiary pack (shipper/carton) on export consignments of pharmaceuticals and drugs has come into effect from 01.10.2011.

2.       It is clarified that the above barcoding requirement is compulsory for pharmaceuticals and  drugs manufactured on or after 01.10.2011.

3.       This issues with the approval of Commerce Secretary.

(Hardeep Singh)
Joint Director General of Foreign Trade

(Issued from F.No 01/91/180/648/AM09/Export Cell)

Request letter to issue clarification by DGFT dt. 19.10.2011


Sri J.S.Deepak, IAS
Joint Secretary
Dept of Commerce
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Govt. of India, New Delhi.


                Sub:- DGFT public notification No. 59 dated 30.6.2011 – Clarifications – Requested.

                Ref:- 1. Clarification Letter No. 15/71/2010 EP (Engg) dated 12.8.2011 of the Dept of Commerce.
                         2.  Letter No.15/88/2011-EP (Engg) dated  4.10.2011 of the Dept of Commerce addressed
                             to DGFT.

                Pharmexcil is highly thankful for the timely clarifications on the subject notification to help the members to export the pharmaceutical consignment smoothly. We draw your kind attention on the above referred letters .

                A.  in the 1st cited reference,  it is clarified that Bulk Drugs / Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients(APIs)   are not  required to have barcode on the labels . Formulations/Medicines  with primary, secondary and tertiary packs are required to be labeled  with barcode as per the notification.  Many of the Pharmexcil members are informing the council that their consignments are stopped at DGFT offices  for not labeling with barcode for the bulk drugs / APIs  and officials are insisting for official clarification and clear guidelines from DGFT   on this issue.

                B. In the 2nd cited reference, it is clarified that the drugs/medicines manufactured  on and after 1st oct 2011 are only  required to have barcode for export purpose but some of the council members are informing the council that their drugs manufactured  before 1st Oct 2011 are stopped at DGFT offices for lack of using barcode on their labels and directing the exporters to submit the clarification from DGFT.

                In view of the above, we   request you to help our  members by advising   DGFT  to issue early clarifications on the above issues at the earliest

                Thanking you

With regards

Executive Director

Copy submitted to Smt Mridul Jain, Director, Dept of Commerce for information.