2D Vaccine Barcoding - For Manufacturers

Vaccine manufacturers play a key role in affixing 2D barcodes on vaccine vials and syringes. The following information about 2D barcoded vaccines provides resources for guidance on requirements and general specifications to date. Included are presentations and summary documents from the 2012 CDC vaccine manufacturer forum. These materials discuss the implications, opportunities, and challenges of implementing 2D barcoding technology on vaccine products.

Adopting 2D Barcodes – Brief

This one-page brief pdf icon[1 page] provides information for vaccine manufacturers on the benefits and resources of 2D barcodes on vaccine unit-of-use products.

2D Barcoding Resources

Impact of 2D Barcodes on Vaccine Secondary Packaging Report

This report evaluates the prospective impacts of 2D barcode application on vaccine secondary packaging. Benefits and challenges at different points in the vaccine supply chain are addressed. The May 2013 initial publication of this report was updated in October 2014 to consider pharmaceutical track and trace legislation introduced in November 2013, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)external icon.

Vaccine Manufacturer’s Forum

On January 26, 2012 CDC held a 2D Barcode Vaccine Manufacturers Forum to engage the vaccine manufacturing community. It included vaccine product manufacturers, their distributors, and trading partners in presentations and discussions on the implications, opportunities, and challenges of implementing 2D barcoding technology on vaccine products.

The goals and objectives of the Forum were to:

  • engage the vaccine manufacturing community in the discussion of the benefits, impacts, and challenges of implementing 2D barcoding,
  • understand the regulations and standards landscape in more detail, and
  • explore the options and considerations for moving the industry forward toward the implementation of 2D barcoding of vaccine products.

Speakers discussed implementation issues and standards related to 2D barcoding technology for vaccine products. A working session during the forum divided attendees into smaller groups to discuss topics related to opportunities and challenges regarding 2D barcode implementation.

Forum Attendees

It was attended by over 60 industry stakeholders including 26 representatives from 10 vaccine manufacturing companies. In addition to the manufacturers, the Forum was attended by representatives of retail pharmacy supply chain, standards organizations, and trade associations. Regulatory and global agencies including World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and CDC participated in the event, providing a rare opportunity for the industry and regulators to connect and discuss the changing requirements and standards for vaccines.

Forum Presentations

Forum Presenters and Presentations
Presenter Presentation
Anne Schuchat, MD
Director, CDC/National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NICRD)
Opening Remarks pdf icon[3 pages]
Erin Kennedy, DVM, MPH
Medical Officer, CDC/NCIRD
Overview of 2D Vaccine Barcoding Pilot pdf icon[28 pages]
Vada Perkins, BSN, MSc, RN
Chief, Business Operations Staff, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Overview and Guidance on Vaccine 2D Barcoding pdf icon[26 pages]
Edward Zissman, MD, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Industry Goals and Progress for Vaccine Barcoding – Perspective from AAP pdf icon[1.2 MB, 26 pages]
Alan O’Connor, MBA
Senior Economist, Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
Overview of Vaccine Bar Coding Report pdf icon[34 pages]
John J. Roberts, JD
Director, Healthcare, GS1 US
Emerging Standards for Vaccine Barcoding – GS Overview pdf icon[2.1 MB, 35 pages]
Bonni Kirkwood
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Overview of Working Sessions pdf icon[18 pages]

Forum Summary Documents

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