Batch traceability refers to the ability to trace a given batch of items to verify its source history, location and use by means of a recorded and documented identification system. The ability to trace items that are used in manufacturing processes is vital to quality control efforts to determine the source of non-conforming items so that products made with them can be recalled if necessary.
It allows companies to see the entire life-cycle of their product inputs from the beginning to the end of their processing. It is important in limiting a company’s liability and protecting customers. It is most commonly used by companies in the food industry to meet safety, legal and regulatory requirements but is also required in many other industries. Pharmaceutical companies, for example, are required by law to track batches of ingredients through the production process.