The clock is ticking for FMD.

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union and with this, new rules will become effective 1st January 2021. This includes EU directives no longer applying to the United Kingdom.

Amongst these directives is FMD (the Falsified Medicines Directive). This will cease in its current iteration for Great Britain but NOT Northern Ireland on the 1st January 2021.

View the statement on FMD and it’s successor from the UK Working Group for Community Pharmacy here.

What Next?

Great Britain: End users should check that any integrated pharmacy systems are no
longer actively connecting to or seeking a response from UKMVS from the end of
2020. Turn off or disconnect any stand-alone FMD systems after 31st December.

Northern Ireland: End users should ensure they are registered with SecurMed UK
(, if they have not already done so. Pharmacy teams should
continue to verify and decommission FMD-compliant packs of prescription
medicines. Refresher training should be carried out if needed.

Positive Solutions will disable FMD for our customers from 00:01 22nd December 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this forthcoming FMD change please contact Customer Services.