The UK Government has brought together organisations from across the medicines supply chain to discuss how the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) will be implemented in the UK. The meeting follows the publication of the Delegated Regulation (2016/161) that sets 9thFebruary 2019 as the starting date for verification and authentication under FMD.
The meeting of the FMD Ministerial Implementation Advisory Board was organised by the Department of Health (DH) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which together form the “National Competent Authority” for medicines in the UK. The meeting was hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at its new headquarters in London.
Pharmacy representatives at the meeting included the RPS, CCA, NPA, PV, PSNC and Pharmacy Voice, as well as bodies representing pharmacists working in the hospital and prison sectors.
The board is expected to meet quarterly and a series of working groups will be established to examine particular areas around FMD implementation, including communications and the limited number of flexibilities available to Member States under the Delegated Regulation. The board will make recommendations to Health Ministers, via DH and MHRA, as to how FMD can best be implemented in the UK.