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Shelf life

How is a shelf life item managed in SAP?

What is the full cycle?

Please detail the steps.

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<b>Shelf Life Expiration Date Check</b>


You can check the shelf life of a material when you enter a goods receipt. You thereby ensure that you store only materials that are still usable.


The shelf life is only checked if the following prerequisites are met:

The minimum remaining shelf life is maintained in the material master record or in the purchase order. The minimum remaining shelf life is the minimum number of days for which the material must keep for the goods receipt to be accepted by the system.

The shelf life expiration date check is active for the plant and movement type in Customizing for Inventory Management.


Relevant Indicators in Material Master Record

In the material master record, the following indicators are relevant to the expiration date check:

Minimum remaining shelf life in days

Total shelf life in days

If you do not enter a total shelf life, enter the shelf life expiration date directly at the time of a goods movement.

If you do enter a total shelf life, enter the date of production at the time of a goods movement. The system automatically calculates the expiration date from the date of production plus total shelf life.

Both indicators are located in the storage data of the material master record.


Enter Shelf Life Expiration Date/Production Date

You can maintain the production date or shelf life expiration date in the detailed data for an item each time you enter a goods movement.

You can go through this link to get more info.

Hope this helps.



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