Drugs Advisory India recommend Track & Trace for Pharma
Drugs Technical Advisory Board (India) approved a proposal for a “trace and track” mechanism during a meeting held on May 16, the official said . At the same time, this initiative is on a voluntary basis, according to DTAB. According to the proposal, a 14-digit number will be printed on the labels of the top 300 pharmaceutical brands and these numbers will be unique to each strip and bottle sold in the market, the official explained. The labels will also come printed with a mobile number provide. The official added that several companies and major associations had been in discussion with the government over this initiative and have agreed to it. The 300 brands for this track-and-trace mechanism will be selected based on the market size, the official said, adding that work was underway to collate the list of these products. Pharmaceutical companies are still awaiting clarity on how this mechanism will work and who will be responsible for creating the portal that allots the numbers.
India to ratify WHO protocol against illegal trade of tobacco
The Indian Cabinet had cleared the decks for ratification of WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by India . The protocol applies to prevention of illegal trade of both smoking and smokeless (chewing) forms of tobacco.The move comes in the wake of a growing illegal tobacco market in India which is threatening tobacco control by flooding the markets with cheaper foreign brands of tobacco that are in turn easily accessible to consumers.Illicit cigarette market is particularly growing with the local tobacco industry estimating the market at 20 per cent of the whole.Illicit tobacco products are not only cheaper because they are out of the domestic tax net, these are also more attractive to consumers by way of non-compliance with the anti-tobacco pictorial health warnings.
Fake cement factory unearthed
Bihar; India: The police had unearthed a factory manufacturing fake cement . The police seized over 5,000 bags of empty or filled cement bags. The factory was manufacturing cement of all brands, such as Birla Gold, Lafarge and others available in the market," said a police officer at Gaurichak police station on the condition of anonymity. The police also recovered machines for packing the cement bags and labels of different companies. The police officer said the accused used to collect expired cement bags kept in storehouses of companies and fill it up with the stuff they manufactured. They then repackaged it with logos of reputed cement companies.
UAE launches digital tax stamp to target tax evasion
The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) will launch an electronic tracking system which uses digital tax stamps to ensure excise tax on tobacco products has been paid at an awareness meeting held in Dubai. Set to go into effect in early 2019, the system seeks to combat tax evasion and commercial fraud, supporting the FTA’s efforts to successfully implement excise tax systems and verify payment of excise tax on tobacco products. The system seeks to ensure that all excise taxes on cigarettes—and later, all tobacco products—is collected. To that end, digital stamps will be attached to these products, which allows for tracking and monitoring them. The use of digital tax stamps is an innovative solution to combatting tax evasion, facilitating inspections, and monitoring customs and markets to prevent the sale of products when the due taxes have not been paid. The digital tax stamps are placed on the packaging of tobacco products and registered in the FTA’s database. The stamps contain tax-related data that can be read using special devices.
Dubai Police have seized thousands of fake luxury watches and mobile phones worth Dh33 million in two separate raids. Brigadier Salem Al Rumaithi, Director of the General Department of Criminal and Investigation at Dubai Police, said they arrested an Asian man who was selling fake watches of famous brands.
Uhuru says Kenya losing billions in fake goods racket
Kenya loses over Sh30 billion in revenue annually as a result of tax evasion, counterfeiting and unlicensed products , President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Parliament. Mr Kenyatta says the Anti-Counterfeit Agency seized goods worth Sh1.7 billion in 2017 and destroyed counterfeit products worth over Sh700 million. “Tax evasion, counterfeiting and unlicensed products like alcoholic and illicit brews in circulation in Kenya is denying the economy over Sh30 billion in annual revenue,” Mr Kenyatta said in a report on the State of the Nation’s Security that he tabled in Parliament when he addressed MPs during his annual State of the Nation’s Address last week.
De La Rue opens new product authentication facility
De La Rue announced the opening of new facility at Malta which will produce tax stamps, authentication and brand protection products, including brand protection labels for Microsoft, one the world’s most famous brands. De La Rue’s Malta factory which employs 567 staff, is a centre of excellence across all three of its portfolio areas – Currency, Identity and Brand Protection. The new facility marks the completion of the 27million Euro investment that started two years ago. The Hon. Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat opened the new facility and was joined by the Hon. Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Chris Cardona, De La Rue International’s Chief Operating Officer Bryan Gray and De La Rue Malta Director Edward Chetcuti.
Chinese police seize fake Penfolds, Swisse, Blackmores in multi-million-dollar counterfeiting crackdown
Police in southern China have seized more than 30 million yuan ($6.3 million) worth of counterfeit products, including large hauls of popular Australian-branded wines, vitamins, foods, and cosmetics. In two separate operations, police confiscated fake Penfolds wines and Swisse and Blackmores supplements, among other products. Guangdong Police said in a statement they "destroyed" four criminal groups comprising 22 suspects during the investigation into the fake supplements over the past two months.
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I) Organisation Name: HMRC
Country : United kingdom
Description: Contract: hmrc tobacco track & trace id issuer
Hmrc intend to award a concession contract to a single supplier to act as the united kingdoms id issuer for the tobacco traceability system set out in article 15 of eu directive 2014/40/eu and the commission implementing regulation (eu) 2018/574 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products . the purpose of this prior information notice is to alert interested parties and invite potential suppliers to an engagement day on 25th june 2018.
Deadline: 17 Aug 2018

II). Organisation Name: INDIA SECURITY PRESS
Country : India
Description: Tenders are invited for Procurement of Tracing, Accounting and Production Management Database system for Passport booklets and e-passport RFID Inlay in existing Passport M/c.
Opening date : 17 Jul 2018