How will the system work in Ireland?

Those who supply medicines to the public, including pharmacies and hospitals, in Ireland will have to connect their software systems to the IMVO repository (via an Internet connection) to enable them to check that packs are genuine before they are supplied to patients. Pharmaceutical wholesalers will also be required to check medicines in certain situations and will also need to connect to the repository. 

Manufacturers will add a barcode to each pack contain the ‘unique identifiers’ and send details of the information in the barcode to the IMVO database via the EU Hub. When the pharmacist or wholesaler scans the barcode on a pack, if the details are not found in IMVO’s database (or elsewhere in the EMVS), an alert will be generated leading to an investigation to find out if the pack is fake.