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Medical Drug Serialization in Russia

Wörwag Pharma

Wörwag Pharma Masters the Russian Serialization Project for Medical Drugs


After Germany, Russia is the most important market for Wörwag Pharma GmbH. This is why the family-run company started early to deal with the challenging project of drug serialization for Russia. Wörwag cooperates with Arvato Systems in a tried and tested manner in the conception and implementation of the corresponding solutions.

Customer Benefits

Illustration of the complex Russian serialization system
Secure tracking through aggregation in shipping cartons
Arvato CSDB brings together all elements of serialization
Transparent processes for all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector

"Arvato Systems conducted workshops and training sessions on site in Russia and maintained very close contact with the relevant offices in the country. Through its network, the IT company managed to gain representatives of the CRPT organization as participants and discussion leaders on the topic of Russian track & trace requirements."

Wörwag Pharma
Background Situation

On January 1, 2019, the law on the serialization of drugs with crypto-coding came into force in Russia. It requires serialisation from July 1, 2020.

According to this, companies that import, manufacture or otherwise handle medicinal products into Russia must provide information about these processes in the system provided for this purpose. In the event of non-compliance with the law, considerable fines or loss of licence may be imposed.

Wörwag Pharma must therefore ensure correct serialisation for more than 80% of its products for the Russian market.


Wörwag Pharma needed a system that could completely map the worldwide unique complexity of the Russian serialization system for drugs. The aggregation of packages in shipping cartons must also be supported.

At the same time, the system must ensure the transparency of all processes through the smooth communication of all software systems at the pharmaceutical companies, their contract manufacturers and the Russian authorities.


Following the successful implementation of European drug serialization, Wörwag also opted for the Russian project for Arvato Systems and the Arvato Corporate Serialization Database (CSDB). This brings together all elements of serialization in the pharmaceutical industry. It can be integrated into ERP systems and provides interfaces to production and verification systems. Arvato CSDB depicts various business scenarios specifically for drug serialization in Russia. The system can be hosted at Arvato Systems - Wörwag Pharma has also chosen this route.

About Wörwag Pharma

Wörwag Pharma GmbH, based in Böblingen, is an independent medium-sized pharmaceutical company. The product range includes prescription preparations as well as OTC products and dietary supplements. Around 900 employees worldwide generated sales of around 210 million euros in 2018. The company is present in 35 countries - especially in Eastern Europe. Russia is the most important market after Germany.

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