UK consultation on the User Requirement Specifications for the UK Medicines Verification System

23 Jun 2016

The Falsified Medicines Directive and associated Delegated Regulation introduces measures which aim to prevent the entry of falsified medicines into the legal pharmaceutical supply chain.

It requires the placing of safety features consisting of an unique identifier and an anti-tampering device on the packaging of certain medicinal products for human use, for the purposes of enabling their identification and authentication.

This Regulation also sets out obligations on pharmaceutical manufacturers and supply chain stakeholders to establish a pan European system where the identification and the authentication of medicinal products is guaranteed by the end-to-end verification of all medicinal products bearing the safety features.

In the UK, the principle representative stakeholder associations namely ABPI (Branded Manufacturers), BGMA (Generic Manufacturers), BAEPD (Parallel Distributors), NPA and CCA (Dispensing Entities) and HDA (Wholesalers)) have created an informal alliance (UK ESM FMD Partners) to co-ordinate the UK implementation.

This notice launches a 4-week consultation on the proposed User Requirement Specifications (URS) for the UK Medicines Verification System (UKMVS) as required by the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 of 2 October 2015. This consultation also introduces a Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) developed and agreed between the UK pharmaceutical supply chain stakeholders who will take on the responsibility for its management under the supervision of the UK competent authority.

We would welcome your organisation’s feedback and would ask that you share this notice with interested colleagues.

The closing date for the consultation is 13th July 2016.

The on-line consultation response document is available at https://app.citizenspace.com/ukmvo/consultation-on-the-ukmvs-urs

Alternatively completed response forms can also be sent electronically by e-mail to independentsvoice@npa.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MESSAGE IS RELEVANT WHATEVER THE RESULT OF THE EU REFERENDUM.