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Pharmacist Diederik De Bruijn reveals 3 easy ways to optimise the FMD decommissioning process

FMD (Falsified Medicines Directive) legislation will become effective on 9th February 2019. It requires that all pharmacies – whether they are hospital or community based – to ‘sign out’ all the pharmaceutical products they dispense against a national database, the National Medicines Verification System (NMVS).


This process, known as decommissioning, effectively involves the re-listing of items that were previously registered in the European Hub, the European Medicines Verification System, by invalidating the 2D barcode identifier that was labelled onto each unit at the production stage. Once decommissioned, items are then officially declared as dispensed and out of circulation.


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