The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy published guidance for pharmacies to help them consider how to implement FMD in January 2018.

The guidance – The Way Forward for FMD in community pharmacy – covers key assumptions about FMD, high level processes for incorporating authentication into existing dispensing workflows, handling stock transition, what IT systems will need to deliver and the implications for patient safety.

Note: Many issues that were uncertain at the time of writing this guidance have now been clarified, so pharmacy teams are encouraged to read the content of this website alongside the above document. Appendix D has been superseded by the information on the EU FMD scanning and error messages webpage.

PSNC guidance and resources

PSNC Briefing 058/18: Getting ready for FMD – a quick guide for the pharmacy team (October 2018)
In this briefing common questions about the practicalities of complying with the FMD legislation are covered. It can be used as a short introduction to FMD, when training community pharmacy teams.

NPA guidance for members

Resources on FMD from the National Pharmacy Association can be found at

RPS guidance

Resources on FMD, including professional decision-making guidance for FMD alerts and dispensing, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society can be found at

MHRA guidance

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published guidance on how to prepare for implementation and compliance of the Safety Features Regulation of the FMD.

The guidance – Implementing the Falsified Medicines Directive: Safety Features – includes sections on how FMD works, guidance documentation and useful resources, and links to copies of the MHRA’s FMD newsletter.

NHS Digital guidance

NHS Digital has developed a community pharmacy FMD toolkit for pharmacy teams.