The Verification system consists of two databases, the EMVS system, which is a European database and the DMVS, a national system, where the verification of the packs are performed.
The system works by having a pan-European database administered by the European Medicines Verification Organisation (EMVO) which has data on all packs being sold in Europe. This information comes from manufacturers and parallel importers (Marketing Authorisation Holders - MAHs) uploading information onto the database. This is a condition for being able to sell their products. National organisations are also being set up in every country to operate their national database. In Denmark, this process has been assigned to the DMVO. The task of the national database is to receive information from wholesalers and pharmacies about which products to be distributed in each country and hereafter this information is transferred to the European database.
>>Uploading product data to the European database is a pre-condition for being able to sell prescribed products from February 9, 2019<<
When this happens, the European database circulates data on whether the product has been sold elsewhere in Europe to the national database. The national database forwards this data to wholesalers /pharmacies. It can only be dispensed when it has been verified that the product has not been sold elsewhere.
The organisation underlying the verification system is as follows: