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Okt 20, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 15/21)
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Labelling of Medicines and Footwear Becomes Mandatory

Kazakhstan introduces mandatory digital labelling of footwear and medicines.

On November 1, 2021, Kazakhstan starts the mandatory digital labelling of footwear. The production and import of unlabelled shoes are prohibited from this date, but retailers are able to sell unlabelled footwear until November 1, 2022. All manufacturers and importers have to use the Labelling System and enter information about their goods in order to generate Data Matrix codes. These codes are then applied to the product using a sticker or a label. Imported products must be labelled before they go through the customs procedure – either at the production site in another country or at a customs warehouse in Kazakhstan.

The mandatory digital labelling of medicinal products is introduced on January 1, 2022. The implementation phases are determined by the Kazakh Ministry of Health. A pilot project is currently taking place to allow pharmaceutical companies to test the labelling procedure before it becomes mandatory. Four Kazakh pharmaceutical manufacturers, one importer, two distributors, five pharmacies and eight medical institutions, as well as the state-run medicine distributor SK-Pharmacy LLP, are participating in the project. Since the project's launch in September 2019, nearly 100,000 packages of medical devices have been digitally labelled.