Group Reports Progress on an Open Serialization Communication Standard

Pharmaceutical Technology Editors | Pharm Tech News | August 17, 2016

The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS) Group, which held a meeting in Princeton, NJ recently, reports that it is making progress toward its goal of drafting core serialization standards to facilitate data exchange for packaging line serialization and aggregation.

Open-SCS was established in 2015 by pharmaceutical manufacturers that include Abbott, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Roche and Teva, as well as such vendors as Antares Vision, OCS, Omron, Optel Vision, Systech, TraceLink and Werum IT Solutions. Working together with the OPC Foundation, the group’s goal is to develop an open-source standard in the packaging serialization global name registry, and an associated set of subscription-based work products.

The open standard and work products are focused on standardizing data exchanges between a healthcare provider’s enterprise serialization management function and its product packaging lines. This includes interfaces between packaging levels of automation (equipment, line, plant) and distribution centers, warehouses, and contract manufacturing organization partners...