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Falsified Medicines Legislation

The European Union (EU) Falsified Medicines Directive amends Directive 2001/83/EC to safeguard public health by protecting the pharmaceutical supply chain from infiltration by falsified (or counterfeit) medicines and introduces new rules to more rigorously regulate the supply chain. The main provisions of the Falsified Medicines Directive are:
  • To introduce a new obligatory authenticity feature (referred to as a safety feature) which must appear on the outer packaging of designated medicines,
  • To introduce more robust rules regarding the control on starting materials and inspection of producers of active substances and excipients contained in medicines,
  • To introduce more robust controls on the wholesale distribution of medicines, including introducing controls for the first time on entities involved in brokering medicines,
  • To introduce a common, EU-wide logo to identify legal online pharmacies and to establish a notification system for entities offering to supply medicines to the public over the internet.

The falsified medicines legislative proposal was adopted by the Council and European Parliament in June 2011.

New Irish Legislation
The following amendment Regulations concerning placing on the market, manufacture and wholesale of medicinal products have been signed by the Minister of Health and give effect to Directive 2011/62/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 (also known as the Falsified Medicines Directive)

• Medicinal Products (Control of Placing on the Market) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
(S.I. No. 162 of 2013)

• Medicinal Products (Control of Manufacture) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
(S.I. No. 163 of 2013)

• Medicinal Products (Control of Wholesale Distribution) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
(S.I. No. 164 of 2013)

The legislation concerning the application of fees by the IMB has also been amended (see below) to include details of the fees which will be levied for the registration processes described in Directive 2011/62/EU.

• Irish Medicines Board (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
(S.I. No. 165 of 2013)

Directive 2011/62/EC provides the basis of a number of implementation measures by the Commission. An overview is provided here.

The IMB is working with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Department of Health, Customs and Excise, European Medicines Agency, European Commission and other national competent authorities on the implementation of the provisions contained within the new legislation.

New rules on importing active pharmaceutical ingredients into the European Union

The European Commission has published an information leaflet on the new rules on importing active pharmaceutical ingredients into the European Union.

The IMB is conducting a survey of active substances that are used by medicinal product manufacturers in Ireland that are produced outside of the EEA.

Contact the IMB
Compliance Department
By e-mail:
By phone: 01 6764971


Date Printed: 18 April 2014

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