Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) – National Veterinary Services (NVS)

February 2019


The objective of the FMD legislation is to remove false or unauthenticated medicines from the supply chain, thus ensuring that only safe, genuine medicines are prescribed and administered to the end user.

To do this, FMD requires that Human Prescription only Medicines (POMs) include two safety features:

  • A Unique Identifier (UI) – A 2D barcode that NVS will scan at point of receipt. Our system will check the details of the product scanned against the National Medicines Verification System’s register to verify that the product is authentic.
  • An Anti-Tampering Device (ATD) – It does what it says on the tin: it indicates to our FMD Team if a product has been tampered with.

The legislation will apply in UK law from 9 February 2019.  Products will slowly start appearing with these additional safety features.  As there will be a large quantity of products produced before 9 February, manufacturers do have some dispensation so there will be a transitional period which means that it may take some time before all product in the supply chain is fully compliant.

What will you have to do?

NVS is fully compliant, so you will see NO EFFECT on the Supply, Ordering or Delivery of the Human POMs that you require.

Returning a Product

Please ensure that the Anti-Tampering Device (ATD) is intact if you need to return a product.  NVS will not be able to process the return of Human POMs where the ATD has been broken/tampered with.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Andrew Duxbury (Responsible Person)


National Veterinary Services

Unit 4, Jamage Industrial Estate

Stoke on Trent



E-mail: rp@nvs-ltd.co.uk