Counteracting the threat of falsified medicines entering the legal supply chain

How Assemblysoft helped to deliver a protoype in Microsoft Azure to prevent counterfeit medicines.

The Organisation

European Medicines Verification System (EMVS)

Project description

The European Parliament and Council released a Directive on Falsified Medicine. It aims at improving patient safety by mandating the Marketing Authorisation Holders and manufacturers to put a system in place that is preventing falsified medicines from entering the legal supply chain, the European Medicines Verification System. The European Medicines Verification System (EMVS) should guarantee medicines authenticity by an end-to-end verification.

Project details

The Antidote

EMVS Requirements

In essence, manufacturers will be required to print a Data Matrix code, which incorporates a unique identifier (UI) and apply an anti-tampering device on the outer packaging of all medicines for each individual sales package.

At the point of dispense the medicine will be scanned, checked and verified for authenticity against a national (or supranational) repository. If the UI on the pack matches the information in the repository, the pack is decommissioned and supplied to the patient. Otherwise, if there is a warning related to this pack, then the system will highlight this as an exceptional event and the package will not be supplied to the patient. An investigation needs to determine whether the pack has been falsified or not.

The Solution

Our Contribution

Assemblysoft worked alongside Microsoft consultants to design and build a prototype Workflow Engine that would run in Microsoft Azure.

The engine was fluid in nature to cater for the amount of different paths into the system and decisions that would be required based on the characteristics of each request.

The solution made extensive use of Azure Service Bus, Topics and Queues, Worker roles and a bespoke Workflow Engine along with semantic logging.

Added Value
  • Delivery : We delivered on time
  • Flexibility : The workflow engine covered all the use cases
  • Performance: Tests conducted with several billion records