tatmeen uae traceability system

[Blog] Tatmeen Traceability System – UAE’s Track & Trace solution for Pharmaceuticals

UAE`s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced the establishment of the first traceability solution for the pharma industry – the Tatmeen.






In the middle of 2021, in Ministerial Decree No. 73, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced the establishment of the first traceability solution for the pharma industry – the Tatmeen platform. MOHAP, in partnership with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and EVOTEQ, is developing the GS1-based platform, enabling the traceability of pharma products across the supply chain.


The Tatmeen`s benefits are the familiar ones – fight drug counterfeiting, ensure secure healthcare, enhance visibility, real-time monitoring across the supply chain, recall management.




Product Security

  • Ensure traceability; detect counterfeited drugs; avoid reimbursement fraud; fast product recalls and withdrawals


Patient Safety

  • Minimize the risk of errors; prediction


Supply Chain Management

  • Forecast shortages; real-time and secure exchange of data



Regulatory requirements


Regarding serialization requirements, the product must be labelled with four data points in a GS1 Data Matrix code:

GTIN (Global Trade Item Number)

Randomized serial number – up to 20 characters

Expiry date – YYMMDD format

Batch/ lot number


As for aggregation, the manufacturer is responsible for labelling all logistic units with GS1-128 barcodes encoded with SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code).



The exemptions


Products that are exempt from serialization are:

  • Free samples of pharmaceutical products;
  • Pharmaceutical products imported for personal use only;
  • Medical devices and supplies; and
  • GSL products.





13 December 2021– the deadline of the 6-month grace period, after which all pharmaceutical products imported into the UAE must comply with the decree by applying a 2D matrix barcode and  human-readable format,  by following GS1 standards;


13 December 2022 – deadline of the 18 months period  for serialization reporting and onboarding onto Tatmeen


13 December 2022 – deadline for registration with a GS1 Global Location Number (GLN) of all sites that are licensed to dispense medicines in the UAE






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