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Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

The EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) legislation aims to create a system that ensures medicines supplied in the UK are safe. It ensures the trade in medicines is controlled to reduce the risk of fake medicines entering the medicines supply chain and reaching patients.

Delegated Regulation to the FMD came into force on 9 February 2019. Including new security features on individual packs and a new electronic scanning authentication process to be undertaken at the point of dispensing.

This pharmacy guide provides practical guidance on FMD.

Sections on this page

  • Updates
  • Security features required on medicinal pack
  • Scanning authentication process
  • What does FMD apply to?
  • How will FMD affect me?
  • Who's responsible for fmd?
  • Penalty for not complying with FMD
  • Brexit no-deal
  • Practical FMD guidance for pharmacists & potential scenarios you may face in practice
  • Professional decision-making guidance for fmd alerts and dispensing
  • FMD requirements by sector — further guidance, resources & faqs
  • Further reading

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