SecurMed UK is the not-for-profit company set up to establish the UK Medicines Verification System as required under the Delegated Regulation of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive. SecurMed UK was incorporated in July 2016.
The Falsified Medicines Directive introduces the requirement for all prescription only medicines packaging to carry additional safety features in the form of an anti-tamper device on the packaging, additional human readable information and a special machine readable 2D matrix containing unique information about the medicine pack. The data encoded into the 2D matrix is uploaded into a central European system and distributed to the UK market to enable community pharmacies, hospitals, GPs, health centres and wholesalers to perform verifications that supplied medicine packs are genuine before dispense to patients. Details of UK market medicine packs are stored within the UK Medicines Verification System (a national repository database).