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Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Interception using Radiofrequency<br/>Methods in Realtime

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.
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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)

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INSTITUT FRANCO-ALLEMAND DE RECHERCHES DE SAINT LOUIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 374 321

INSTITUT ZA MATEMATIKO, FIZIKO IN MEHANIKO UNIVERZE EDVARDA KARDELJA VLJUBLJANI PO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

MEDNARODNA PODIPLOMSKA SOLA JOZEFA STEFANA

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 493 500

Rapiscan Systems Limited

United Kingdom

Ministry of Finance - Customs Service

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 40 350

STELAR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 271 014

LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 11 778

BAGTRONICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 45 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261670

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 599 540

  • EU contribution

    € 2 634 489

Coordinated by:

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom