Goals of REKS
REKS is a non-profit organisation that has been established by a range of stakeholders across the medicines supply chain in Estonia (pharmaceutical manufacturers, parallel distributors, wholesalers and community pharmacists) to set up and manage the Estonian medicines verification system.
The establishment of REKS is mandated by EU law. Specifically, the Falsified Medicines Directive (Directive 2011/62/EU) introduced a requirement for all human prescription medicinal products packaging to carry safety features – a unique identifier and an anti-tampering device. These will enable the packaging to be identified and authenticated as it passes through the medicines supply chain and before it is dispensed to a patient. Details of the unique identifiers from each pack will be uploaded to the EU database (EU Hub) and then stored in a national database. Unique identifier provides the opportunity to authenticate the medicinal product and decommission it once supplied to public.