Dear Members,

Please to share an important update for your kind perusal.

The mentioned document serves as the Final Report to the European Commission´s Consumers, Health, Food and Agriculture Executive Agency (Chafea) in response to the request for service Chafea/2015/health/40 for the implementation of Framework Contract FWC DIGIT/R2/PO/2013/004 ABC III Lot 2, concerning the implementation analysis regarding the technical specifications and other key elements for a future EU system for traceability and security features in the field of tobacco products .


The  Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) entered into force on 19 May 2014 and became applicable in EU countries on 20 May 2016. One of key elements of directive is introduces EU-wide tracking and tracing to combat the illicit trade of tobacco products. Articles 15 and 16 of the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD) provide for EU-wide systems of traceability and security features for tobacco products to address the issue of illicit trade.

Under the traceability system :
  • All unit packets of tobacco products will be required to be marked with a unique identifier
  • Relevant economic operators involved in tobacco trade will be required to record the movements of these packets throughout the supply chain and transmit the related information to an independent provider (data storage contracts to be approved by the Commission)
  • The data will then be made accessible to the authorities of EU countries and to the Commission for enforcement purposes.
In this way, it will be possible to track and trace the movement of legal tobacco products to allow public authorities to determine when a product was diverted into the illicit market.

  • all unit packets of tobacco products placed on the EU market will be required to:
  • Carry a tamper-proof security feature composed of visible and invisible elements, enabling authorities and consumers to verify their authenticity.
  • The systems of traceability and security features must be in place by:
  • 20 May 2019 for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco
  • 20 May 2024 for all other tobacco products.

This will provide manufacturers of other tobacco products (which are often small and medium enterprises (SMEs)) with a longer period to adapt to and benefit from the experience gained before the systems become applicable to them.

We hope that it would be of your interest and look forward for your valuable feedback. 

Thanks and Regards,

Chander S Jeena
Secretary (ASPA)
M: 9818971116