Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Falsified Medicines Directive

It is time to enforce FMD compliance, says European Medicines Verification Organisation

The body responsible for the Falsified Medicines Directive has said has non-compliance should be targeted by national regulators.

Jerome Bertin, general manager of SecurMed, which manages the UK’s medicines verification system,

Source: Jerome Bertin

Jerome Bertin, general manager of SecurMed, which manages the UK’s medicines verification system, says the ten largest wholesalers in the UK — which represent 85% of wholesale volume — have signed up to the FMD

The body that runs the falsified medicines directive (FMD) says medicines regulators in individual countries should begin enforcing its compliance.

In a statement published on 10 July 2019, the European Medicines Verification Organisation (EMVO) — which runs the European Medicines Verification System — said that even though five months had now passed since the FMD came into force in February 2019, a “significant number” of manufacturers and pharmacies had yet to connect to the system.  

According to the statement, an estimated 40% of manufacturers and 25% “supply chain actors” — including pharmacies, hospitals and wholesalers — across Europe have not yet connected. 

The EMVO listed a number of non-compliance scenarios which, it said, should be targeted by national regulators, which have the power to enforce compliance. These included a focus on those who have not connected to the system at all; manufacturers who are connected but do not upload serialisation data; and end-users who are connected but do not scan products or properly train their staff. 

“Both the EMVO and National Medicines Verification Organisations stand ready to supply all necessary and available information to National Competent Authorities” regarding non-compliant manufacturers and end-users, it added. 

Data from SecurMed, the UK medicines verification organisation, showed that, as of 5 July 2019, 71% (10,172) of the UK’s 14,313 community pharmacies were connected to the UK FMD system

Jerome Bertin, general manager of SecurMed, which manages the UK’s medicines verification system, told The Pharmaceutical Journal that the ten largest drug wholesalers in the UK — which together represent 85% of wholesale volume — have registered.

“Of the remaining 1,500 wholesalers, we estimate about 40% of these so far have registered with SecurMed,” he added.

Bertin also said that Brexit uncertainty was having an impact on uptake and on when increased enforcement may be introduced.

In the UK, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced in January 2019 that existing pharmacy inspections would be used to monitor FMD compliance.

In a joint statement, the bodies said they would use the GPhC’s regulatory powers to ensure pharmacies met FMD requirements, while enforcement action — including “as a last resort, criminal prosecution for the most serious, persistent breaches” — would lie with the MHRA.  

A spokesperson for the MHRA told The Pharmaceutical Journal that it “continues to work with stakeholders across the UK supply chain to seek compliance whilst maintaining continuity of supply and supply chain security”. 

“We are inspecting manufacturers and wholesalers against the FMD requirements as part of their routine inspections programme,” they added.

“We are also supporting other regulators, such as the GPhC, across the UK to include the FMD safety features requirements in their inspections process.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20206806

Readers' comments (1)

  • Sometimes compliance is out of your hands, when the IT department which support you ( especially in hospital situation ) drag their heels when asked to connect to the appropriate website url.
    Addition to the Trust risk register has not made them budge. We have been ready apart from this step ,since February.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • BNF and BNF for Children

    BNF and BNF for Children

    Now available as a 1 year print subscription to both the BNF and BNFC, ensuring you have the latest medicines information as it publishes and at a greatly reduced price.

    £138.50Buy now
  • BNF and BNF for Children

    BNF and BNF for Children

    Now available as a 2 year print subscription to both the BNF and BNFC, ensuring you have the latest medicines information as it publishes and at a greatly reduced price.

    £262.50Buy now
  • International Research in Healthcare

    International Research in Healthcare

    Guidance for students or researchers undertaking a multi-centre research project in health services, medicines use and professional practice.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Drugs in Use

    Drugs in Use

    Optimise drug therapy for your patients. These case studies help you bridge the gap between theoretical medicines knowledge and practical applications.

    £43.00Buy now
  • Pharmaceutical Toxicology

    Pharmaceutical Toxicology

    Explains the methodology and requirements of pre-clinical safety assessments of new medicines. Includes registration requirements and pharmacovigilance.

    £40.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.