DoD Issues Final Rule on Passive Radio Frequency Identification

September 20, 2011

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update requirements relating to the use of passive radio frequency identification (RFID). Effective Date: September 20, 2011. Federal Register Volume 76, Number 182 (Tuesday, September 20, 2011).

DoD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register at 76 FR 9714 on February 26, 2011, in response to a request of the Office of Logistics and Materiel Readiness of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to update requirements relating to the use of passive radio frequency identification (RFID).

Discussion and Analysis
DoD received comments from two respondents in response to the proposed rule. One respondent expressed general support for the rule.

Comment: A respondent stated that RFID tags will play an expanded role in inventory management and asset protection for the DoD and expanded use should occur soon.
Response: DoD agrees that RFID use in inventory management is expanding and will continue to expand.

Comment: A respondent stated that RFID tracking is not the current industry standard for inventory management of pharmaceuticals and that adding this requirement would cost the suppliers and DoD a significant amount of time and money to implement. This respondent believes that the current use of 2D barcodes is sufficient for tracking pharmaceuticals and that the DoD should not require the use of passive RFID.
Response: DoD agrees and the final rule does not include a requirement for passive RFID use for pharmaceuticals.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dustin Pitsch, telephone 703-602-0289. 

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