Packaging - Tamper verification features for medicinal product packaging (ISO 21976:2018)

This document specifies requirements and provides guidance for the application, use and check of tamper verification features to the packaging of medicinal products.

Verpackung - Merkmale zur Überprüfung von Manipulationen an Arzneimittelverpackungen (ISO 21976:2018)

Dieses Dokument legt Anforderungen fest und enthält Anleitungen zur Anbringung, Verwendung und Prüfung von Merkmalen zur Überprüfung von Manipulationen an Arzneimittelverpackungen.
Die in dem vorliegenden Dokument enthaltenen Grundsätze können entsprechend in anderen Bereichen angewendet werden.

Emballage - Témoins d'effraction pour emballages de médicaments (ISO 21976:2018)

Le présent document définit les exigences et fournit des recommandations pour l'application, l'utilisation et le contrôle des témoins d'effraction sur les emballages de médicaments.
Les principes du présent document peuvent être appliqués dans d'autres secteurs, selon le cas.

Embalaža - Značilnosti preverjanja nedovoljenega poseganja v embalažo za zdravila (ISO 21976:2018)

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Current Stage
6060 - National Implementation/Publication (Adopted Project)
Start Date
28-Oct-2020
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02-Jan-2021
Completion Date
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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO 21976:2020
01-december-2020
Nadomešča:
SIST EN 16679:2015
Embalaža - Značilnosti preverjanja nedovoljenega poseganja v embalažo za
zdravila (ISO 21976:2018)
Packaging - Tamper verification features for medicinal product packaging (ISO
21976:2018)
Verpackung - Merkmale zur Überprüfung von Manipulationen an
Arzneimittelverpackungen (ISO 21976:2018)
Emballage - Témoins d'effraction pour emballages de médicaments (ISO 21976:2018)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO 21976:2020
ICS:
11.120.99 Drugi standardi v zvezi s Other standards related to
farmacijo pharmaceutics
55.020 Pakiranje in distribucija blaga Packaging and distribution of
na splošno goods in general
SIST EN ISO 21976:2020 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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SIST EN ISO 21976:2020
EN ISO 21976
EUROPEAN STANDARD
NORME EUROPÉENNE
October 2020
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
ICS 11.120.99; 55.020 Supersedes EN 16679:2014
English Version
Packaging - Tamper verification features for medicinal
product packaging (ISO 21976:2018)

Emballage - Témoins d'effraction pour emballages de Verpackung - Merkmale zur Überprüfung von

médicaments (ISO 21976:2018) Manipulationen an Arzneimittelverpackungen (ISO
21976:2018)
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Contents Page

European foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

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European foreword

The text of ISO 21976:2018 has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 122 "Packaging” of the

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and has been taken over as EN ISO 21976:2020 by

Technical Committee CEN/TC 261 “Packaging” the secretariat of which is held by AFNOR.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an

identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by April 2021, and conflicting national standards shall be

withdrawn at the latest by April 2021.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

This document supersedes EN 16679:2014.

According to the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organizations of the

following countries are bound to implement this European Standard: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,

Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of

North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the

United Kingdom.
Endorsement notice

The text of ISO 21976:2018 has been approved by CEN as EN ISO 21976:2020 without any modification.

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SIST EN ISO 21976:2020
INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 21976
First edition
2018-11
Packaging — Tamper verification
features for medicinal product
packaging
Emballage — Témoins d'effraction pour emballages de médicaments
Reference number
ISO 21976:2018(E)
ISO 2018
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Contents  Page

Foreword ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................vi

1  Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2  Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3  Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4  General requirements ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

4.1 Tamper verification features ....................................................................................................................................................... 2

4.2 Purpose of tamper verification features ........................................................................................................................... 2

4.3 Application and use of tamper verification features .............................................................................................. 2

4.4 Check of tamper verification features ................................................................................................................................. 3

5  Categories of tamper verification features ............................................................................................................................... 3

5.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

5.2 Folding boxes closed with glue ................................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 3

5.2.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 3

5.2.3 Verification ............................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3 Specially constructed folding boxes ...................................................................................................................................... 4

5.3.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 4

5.3.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 5

5.3.3 Verification ............................................................................................................................................................................ 5

5.4 Sealing labels and tapes .................................................................................................................................................................. 5

5.4.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 5

5.4.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 6

5.4.3 Verification ............................................................................................................................................................................ 6

5.5 Film wrappers.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.5.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 7

5.5.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 7

5.5.3 Verification ............................................................................................................................................................................ 7

5.6 Sleeves ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 7

5.6.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 7

5.6.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 7

5.6.3 Verification ............................................................................................................................................................................ 7

5.7 Breakable or tear-away closure ................................................................................................................................................ 8

5.7.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 8

5.7.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 8

5.7.3 Verification ............................................................................................................................................................................ 8

5.8 Container inner seal or membrane ....................................................................................................................................... 9

5.8.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................... 9

5.8.2 Criteria of tamper verification ............................................................................................................................. 9

5.8.3 Verification .........................................................................................................................................................................10

5.9 Display blister pack ..........................................................................................................................................................................10

5.9.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................10

5.9.2 Criteria of tamper verification ..........................................................................................................................10

5.9.3 Verification .........................................................................................................................................................................11

5.10 Flexible packaging .............................................................................................................................................................................11

5.10.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................11

5.10.2 Criteria of tamper verification ..........................................................................................................................11

5.10.3 Verification .........................................................................................................................................................................11

5.11 Blow-fill-and-seal-container (BFS) ......... ............................................................................................................................12

5.11.1 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................12

5.11.2 Criteria of tamper verification ..........................................................................................................................12

5.11.3 Verification .........................................................................................................................................................................12

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5.12 New and emerging technologies ..........................................................................................................................................13

Annex A (informative) Additional information regarding tamper verification features ............................14

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................15

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Foreword

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Introduction

Requirements for tamper verification features on medicinal product packaging are emerging and

expanding globally to reduce risk and improve patient safety.

This document is to support the harmonization and implementation of tamper verification features to

the packaging of medicinal products worldwide.

The knowledge and experience gained in EN 16679:2014 has been used for developing this document.

The background for the creation of a European Standard for tamper verification features for medicinal

[6]

product packaging (EN 16679) was the European Directive 2001/83/EC , as amended by Directive

[7]

2011/62/EU , the latter commonly referred to as the “Falsified Medicines Directive” (FMD).

The packaging of medicinal products placed on the market and incorporating tamper verification

features in accordance with this document meets, as an example but not limited to, the requirements

[6] [7]

of Directive 2001/83/EC as amended by Directive 2011/62/EU . Article 54(o) of the Directive

stipulates, that on the outer packaging of certain medicinal products or, where there is no outer

packaging, on the immediate packaging must appear, among others, “a device allowing verification of

whether the outer packaging has been tampered with”.
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INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 21976:2018(E)
Packaging — Tamper verification features for medicinal
product packaging
1  Scope

This document specifies requirements and provides guidance for the application, use and check of

tamper verification features to the packaging of medicinal products.
The principles in this document can be applied in other sectors, as appropriate.
2  Normative references
There are no normative references in this document.
3  Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https: //www .iso .org/obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http: //www .electropedia .org/
3.1
falsified medicinal product

medicinal products (3.6) that deliberately/fraudulently misrepresent their identity, composition or

source
[17]

[SOURCE: WHO, Definitions of Substandard and Falsified (SF) Medical Products, 2017 ]

3.2
finished product

authorized medicinal product (3.6) which has undergone all stages of production including packaging in

its final container as it is dispensed, sold or otherwise supplied
3.3
immediate packaging
primary packaging

container or other form of packaging directly in contact with the medicinal product (3.6)

3.4
manufacturing authorization holder

natural or legal person or entity that is authorized for total or partial manufacture

Note 1 to entry: This includes replacement of safety and tamper verification features (3.9) (in accordance with

[6] [7]
Directive 2001/83/EC , Article 47a(1)(b) as amended by Directive 2011/62/EU ).
3.5
market
...

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