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.


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