WHO treaty against illicit tobacco in effect Sept
A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals. Officials from the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) explain that the package of measures agreed by countries which 45 Parties and the European Union have signed up – known as the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol)- was developed in response to a growing illegal trade in tobacco products, often across borders.
Indian students win Microsoft award for anti-fake medicine app
A three-member team from  India  has won an award with a prize money of USD 15,000 as part of  Microsoft Imagine Cup for designing an app that detects counterfeit drug . Team DrugSafe from  India  won the special award under Big Data category at the 2018 edition of  the  Microsoft  Imagine Cup  world championship  held in Redmond, US,  Microsoft  said in a statement. The app uses  Optical Character Recognition  (OCR) to identify minute details in the design and packaging of medicines and compare them to the original manufacturer's patented and trademarked attributes.
Identiv introduces tamper-proof RFID label for brand protection
Identiv introduced a new tamper-proof radio-frequency identification (RFID) label for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection applications. Compatible with any near-field communication (NFC) inlay, the new RFID label has been developed to meet the security needs of the retail, transportation, and pharmaceutical industries. The labels can be personalized with custom artwork, different sizes, or chip combinations, enabling to provide different security levels. In addition, each label can be delivered with variable data such as barcode, numbering or an end-user’s name. The new tamper-proof RFID label incorporates advanced aluminum-etched antenna and tamper-proof release coating.
Zebra launches healthcare barcode printing solutions
Zebra Technologies has launched two new healthcare barcode printing solutions that can enable the identification of patients and specimens at the point of care. The new Zebra’s ZQ600-Healthcare series label printers and ZD510-HC direct thermal wristband printer will allow the production of durable labels and patient identification wristbands used to accurately pair patients to the appropriate medical records, care staff and medication.
The printers include Zebra’s Print DNA suite of applications, utilities and developer tools that are powered by the Link-OS operating system, which offers healthcare IT departments with an improved printing experience through stronger security, easier integration and simplified remote management.
India regulator may vet plan to check counterfeit drugs
India’s central drug regulator is creating a working group to critically appraise its proposal to set up a “trace and track” mechanism to weed out fake medicines from the market using unique codes. The working group, comprising pharmaceutical association representatives and members of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, is to submit its report on the problems and “suitable solutions” by October, according to a person aware of the development. The move follows the Drugs Technical Advisory Board’s approval to a proposal for a “trace and track” mechanism during a meeting held on May 16 . The proposal entails a 14-digit number to be printed on the labels of the top 300 pharmaceutical brands unique to each strip and bottle sold in the market. 
Industry Events
ASPA extend its support and signed barter agreement with Smart Card Expo , Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Conference & Pharma Pro Pack Expo 2018 for upcoming year. Whilst the SmartCards Expo focuses on smart card & payments, the Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Conference is dedicated to cash management, currency and secure document supply chain exhibition. ASPA is also supporting following event for upcoming year;

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