Directive (2011/62/EU) and amendments to Directive 2001/83/EC.
This directive aims to prevent falsified medicinal products from entering the legal supply chain. Marketing authorisation holders and manufacturers are required to upload packaging codes into the European Medicines Verification System (EMVS). This system guarantees the “authenticity” of medicinal products through end-to-end verification.
Each European country must implement a national medicines verification system.
Every European country (of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland) must implement a National Medicines Verification System (NMVS). This is set up and managed by a National Medicines Verification Organisation (NMVO). In Belgium, this task is performed by BeMVO (Belgian Medicines Verification Organisation vzw).
The NMVS is a verification platform. Pharmacies or other registered parties – such as wholesalers, doctors dispensing medicines themselves or hospital pharmacies – must use this platform to verify the authenticity of a product.
Ordering medicines over the internet: What should you pay attention to?
Prescription medicines can be ordered over the internet, but must always be collected from a regular pharmacy.
In July 2015, the uniform, green EU logo was introduced that allows you to simply and quickly check whether an online pharmacy is acting legally. The use of this logo is mandatory for all online pharmacies. The uniformity of the logo ensures the highest level of transparency and security.