Serialization is an increasing important requirement in pharmaceutical and food production, in order to protect food and medicine supplies. Implementing serialization involves automation, supply chains, and information security. Automation is involved because printers and verification systems must be added to existing production and packaging lines. There is a supply chain aspect because serialization information is maintained in the corporate ERP systems but must also be available on a 24×7 basis to production and to supply chain partners. Information security is important because serialization information must be protected, otherwise counterfeit medicines or unsafe food products will be undetected in the supply chain, with potentially great harm to end users. Serialization has many aspects, all the way from the shop floor to corporate business systems and outside a company to multiple supply chain partners. The 2014 FPID symposium will bring together experts, vendors, and end users in a 2 day symposium to cover these important issues.