One of our members, Atos Worldline, published in April a position paper on How to easily implement a compliant Track and Trace system for tobacco products?
The paper looks at the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) which provides new measures to combat the illegal trade in tobacco products and include an EU-wide tracking and tracing system for the legal supply chain, and a security feature composed of visible and invisible elements (e.g. holograms) which should help law enforcement bodies, national authorities and consumers detect illicit products. These measures will be introduced for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco in 2019 and to tobacco products other than cigarettes in 2024.
The paper concludes that given the limited time frame of TPD, it is important that the European Commission continues to make swift progress. The system design should not only comply with the requirements of the FCTC Protocol, which the European Union ratified last year, but also needs to provide the public authorities with a key tool to fight back on illicit trade, while providing the necessary guarantees that it has been tested in the real world.
The full position paper is available here.