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Why is Brand Protection important?

Why is Brand Protection Important

Why is brand protection important? Because nowadays, counterfeiting is becoming an enormous problem. It does, of course, harm the brand reputation as for example in the watch industry but in the worst case, it can even kill people as in...

AlpVision Launches Secured QR-Code to Combat Scams and Counterfeit Products

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AlpVision is launching a new way to verify the authenticity of products: the secured QR-Code. The QR Code or Quick Response Code is a machine-readable, two-dimensional barcode containing information on the item to which it is attached. It was first...

Should Product Authentication Be at the Consumer’s Fingertips?

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According to a recent white paper by Authentix, an authentication and information services company, brand owners should not delegate nor should they rely on consumers to authenticate products. Authentix first argues that consumers do not want to scan QR codes....

Why Mass Serialization is Failing

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According to the World Health Organization, over 920 Substandard, spurious, falsely labelled, falsified and counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products have so far been reported.I These products are manufactured in all regions of the world. In response, regulation in many different countries...

Serialization vs. Aggregation: A DSCSA Progress Update

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In April 2016, we reported on Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), known as the Drug Supply Chain Security Act or DSCSA. Enacted in 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the DSCSA requires a...

The Evolution of Authentication Technologies

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At the beginning of the millennium, product authentication was mainly done with a special tool or with the naked eye. The former solution was reliable but cumbersome while the later became less and less useful as simple copies became very...

Cigarettes Top the List of Detained Articles in the EU in 2015

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The European Commission recently published the 2015 Report on EU Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.I While the number of cases (a ‘case’ refers to a detention that may contain one or more articles) dipped slightly in 2015 (95,194 in...

Counterfeit Medicines in Asia: Damage Suffered by Japanese Pharmaceutical Companies Abroad

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Although counterfeit medicines affect every region of the world, many drug-counterfeiting rings originate in Southeast Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China.I Many factors tend to bolster this situation, including weak enforcement, lack of education and training, poverty,...

Mapping Out the Tobacco Products Directive

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Dated June 6, 2016, a “Roadmap” was published on June 9th on the EU Transparency Register covering implementing measures and delegated acts under Articles 15(11), 15(12) and 16(2) of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) 2014/40/EU.I In E.U. terms, “roadmaps” are...

What Do Pharma Safety Regulations Look Like in the U.S.?

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On February 9, 2016, the countdown to implementing the safety measures mandated by the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Delegated Act started. This Act, which will come into force in early 2019, imposes item-level serialization and tamper evidence on pharmaceutical products...

FMD Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 Published

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The publication of the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161I supplementing the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) 2001/83/EC and its amendment 2011/62/EU was finally published in the Official Journal of the European Union on February 9, 2016. This date marks the three-year window in...

A Deeper Look at the Financial Impact of the FMD Delegated Act

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Our previous blog article (Cost-Benefit Analysis of a ‘European Hub’ for Medicine Authentication) analyzed the cost-benefit of creating a European hub – the European Medicines Verification Organization or EMVO – to link national verification systems throughout Europe and facilitate the creation...

Cost-Benefit Analysis of a ‘European Hub’ for Medicine Authentication

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As described in our previous blog (New Developments in the Fight Against Falsified Medicines), the European Medicines Verification Organisation or EMVO was founded in February 2015 as a means to help EU Member States implement the requirements set out by the...

New Developments in the Fight Against Falsified Medicines

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In addition to the recent publication of a draft delegated act laying down the technical specifications of the safety features, two other major developments have taken place since the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) came into effect in January 2013....

Draft EU Falsified Medicines Directive Delegated Act Published

EU Falsified Medicines Directive

The Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) adopted in June 2011 and put into force in January 2013, calls on the European Commission to prepare and adopt delegated acts that will lay down the technical specifications of the safety featuresI, determine the...

AlpVision Response to Feasibility Assessment of Covert Security Features in EU Tobacco Control

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On May 7, 2015, the European Commission published an analysis and feasibility study on the existing traceability and authentication solutions applicable to the tobacco industry. The report was successful in parsing the “marketing fluff” from the “real stuff” and emphasizing...

Feasibility Report on EU’s Traceability and Authentication of Tobacco Products: A Look at Covert Security Features

In response to Articles 15 (Traceability) and 16 (Security feature) of the second Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU, the European Commission published on May 7, 2015, an analysis and feasibility report defining the technical standards for traceability and authentication of tobacco...