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Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Interception using Radiofrequency
Methods in Realtime

Objective

The CONPHIRMER consortium has come together to put into the hands of customs officers and other agents of law enforcement a portable and easy-to-use sensor for telling genuine medicines from fakes without having to remove the medicines from their packaging. With this device agencies charged with tackling the growing menace of the trafficking in counterfeit medicines will be able to screen packaged pharmaceuticals at EU borders and airports quickly and accurately using a non-invasive and non-destructive technology that uses only harmless radio waves.

The proposal is for a three-year programme leading to the trialing of a prototype, portable, handheld scanner, that will draw on the expertise of seven organisations in five states, including two recent additions to the EU family, Poland and Slovenia. The technology employed will be based on quadrupole resonance (QR), a radiofrequency (RF) spectroscopic technique that has already been developed and deployed for the detection of concealed explosives. The completed prototype will not require operators to have special chemical or technical knowledge to deploy it, allowing training in its use to be completed quickly; and it will utilise only easy to source RF and electrical parts, unlike alternative technologies such as Raman, infra-red or terahertz spectroscopic methods. It will also offer a clear advantage over these other technologies in that RF can penetrate even multiple layers of packaging material, allowing for scans to be carried out without the need to remove pharmaceutical products from their packaging.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/pharmaceutical drug

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 697 926
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)

Participants (9)

INSTITUT FRANCO-ALLEMAND DE RECHERCHES DE SAINT LOUIS
France
EU contribution
€ 374 321
Address
Rue Du General Cassagnou 5
68301 Saint-louis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Pierre Moeglin (Dr.)
INSTITUT ZA MATEMATIKO, FIZIKO IN MEHANIKO UNIVERZE EDVARDA KARDELJA VLJUBLJANI PO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Jadranska Ulica 19
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tanja Cvek (Ms.)
MEDNARODNA PODIPLOMSKA SOLA JOZEFA STEFANA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aleksander Zidansek (Prof.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 493 500
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Jakobsson (Prof.)
Rapiscan Systems Limited

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Seven Gables House, Letchmore Road 30
WD7 8HT Radlett
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Stas (Mr.)
Ministry of Finance - Customs Service
Poland
EU contribution
€ 40 350
Address
Swietokrzyska 12
00-916 Warszawa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wiktor Roth (Mr.)
STELAR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 271 014
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 4
27035 Mede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gianni Ferrante (Dr.)
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 778
Address
Borough Road 103
SE10AA London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Plant
BAGTRONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 45 600
Address
Smallfield Road 4 Brockham House
RH6 9AU Horley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Rayner (Dr.)