Global Use of the PPN

Aided by the Pharmacy Product Number (PPN), every single national product number becomes world-wide unique.

IFA as issuing agency assigns the Product Registration Agency Code (PRA-Code) for each national numbering system that exists in the pharmaceutical sector. With the PRA code as prefix, each national product number is transferred into an internationally unique product number (PPN). A 2-digit check-sum secures the PPN against faulty data input or exchange. Retaining the national product numbers and harmonising the different numbering systems eases the marking of sales packs and billing in the healthcare sector.

The especially standardised data designator “9N”, issued by ANSI MH10 Maintenance Committee, identifies the PPN in any data medium such as the Data Matrix Code.

Assigned and reserved PRA-Codes


Futher, more detailed information and the application form for assigning a PRA code can be found in these documents:

Using the PPN for harmonizing various coding systems EN
Detailed information about the PRA-Code

PPN Technical Specifications EN
Pharmacy Product Number Specification

Application Form PRA-Code EN
Request Form PRA-Code - Term&Conditions of Service


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