Decommissioning Under the FMD/EUDR

It is a little surprising that the European Union Delegated Regulation (EUDR) uses a form of the word “decommission” 67 times, but not even once uses the opposite term, “commission”.  Article 3.2(c) of the EUDR defines the term ‘decommissioning of a unique identifier’ as: “… the operation changing the active status of a unique identifier

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  1. Dirk, it is odd that Commissioning is not mentioned, yet Decommisioning is. Further, as we know from experience, decommissioning is a pretty dramatic step in that (at least with GS1 Standards) it means that the GTIN/serial # combination is dead and its use is over. In the use cases we have seen, there are a number of disposition or status that an item could have that would make it “suspect”. An example would be “dispensed” where the item is part of a shipping event. Unless the item is being shipped internally or between healthcare providers (even that would be inaccurate), an item that has already been marked as “dispensed” probably shouldn’t be observed in a forward logistics move. A reverse logistics move may be valid though. Decommisioning was originally seen as a way of ending the tracking or tracing of an item, as it turns out, there are many disposition/event combinations that are dependent on the type of item and the regulatory or business rules of an industry that determine whether the items should still be in play.

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