What is the European Union’s Falsified Medicines Directive?

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) is European Union legislation designed specifically to eliminate falsified medicines from the medicines supply chain.

Applicable to 32 different countries, it legislates for all businesses within the medicinal supply chain to have a system which will report and record the status of the medicinal packs in their possession by checking against manufacturers data in the UK and EU repositories.

All manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and exporters, distributors, dispensaries (including Hospitals and GPs) and any other persons authorised or entitled to supply medicinal products to the public who do not operate within a healthcare institution or pharmacy must be able to demonstrate compliance by 9th February 2019.