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Parliamentary questions
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14 August 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004286/2017

The Commission is aware of the risks of falsified medicines through Internet sales. Since 1 July 2015, a common EU-wide logo is mandatory for all online pharmacies or retailers legally operating in the EU. This makes it easier to distinguish between legal and illegal online pharmacies throughout the EU. The Commission led a proactive communication campaign for the introduction of the EU common logo to identify legal online pharmacies.

This included a Commission toolbox in all EU languages that was shared with Member States in order to ensure that a consistent message is given to EU citizens.

The communication material explains the legal framework for online sales in the EU. It clarifies that Member States may impose certain conditions and limitations, e.g. by not allowing online sale of prescription medicines. It warns that a legally operating EU online retailer, if authorised or entitled to supply a prescription medicine, will always require a prescription. It stresses that compliance with this legal requirement is one of the guarantees that the medicine bought online is authentic and safe.

The Commission website(1) remains a key tool to keep citizens informed of the ongoing work to address counterfeit and falsified medicines.

The Commission does not propose any additional measures at this time to combat the sale of falsified medicines over the Internet.


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