Product Licence Number

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Photo of the packaging of four medicines showing their Product Licence Number

A Product Licence Number (or PL code for short) is a unique identifier on the packaging of medicines to uniquely identity the product, this code will normally remain the same despite the varying marketing and branding of the company's selling it.[1]

The code itself is issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency[2] in the UK and the European Medicines Agency.[3]


  1. ^ "Martin Lewis: A drugs bust - stop letting big pharmaceuticals rip you off!". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  2. ^ "Marketing authorisations: lists of granted licences". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  3. ^ "Product Licences - UK MHRA, MCA and EMA | MPA Business Services". Retrieved 2018-07-28.