SecurMed UK has signed a letter of intent with Arvato Systems GmbH as the Blueprint Service Provider (BSP) for the UK. The two organisations have started work to plan the implementation of the UK’s Medicines Verification System.
Arvato’s role will be to develop, implement and maintain the National Medicines Verification System (NMVS) that is required as part of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive. Pharmacies, wholesalers and others handling medicines will connect to the NMVS in order to authenticate medicines. This will be done by comparing the unique identifiers on packs of prescription medicines with data uploaded by manufacturers through the central “hub”, the European Medicines Verification System (EMVS).
One of Arvato’s first tasks will be to engage with the IT providers who supply the patient medication record systems used by community pharmacies. FMD authentication could be handled by add-ons to existing PMR systems or by developing stand-alone systems to go alongside PMRs. It is likely to be up to pharmacy owners to decide which type of system they will install.