|Mass serialization and product tracking are based on the individual coding of products, starting if possible at item level. Each single item (product and/or package) gets is own identity through an individual, unique number which is recorded in a secured database, not publicly accessible. For practical reasons this unique number will be encoded in a machine readable form, e.g. as a barcode or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device).
||If the contraband or diversion of products into gray markets are major concerns, or if authorities ask for a product pedigree, items must be traced along the supply chain to assure the integrity of the distribution network.
A product tracing system will not only provide protection along your supply chain against diversion and counterfeiting. Through the serialized code which is machine readable, automatic access to all variable product data (e.g. expiry date and lot data) on individual item level is possible with the following benefits: