The positive – and less positive – aspects of the EU tobacco traceability programme, and recommendations for an optimum system that works both inside and outside the EU.

This year is an important one for global tobacco track and trace systems.

On the one hand, the EU Tobacco Products Directive is undergoing a mandatory periodic review, to be completed by the end of the year. And on the other hand, the implementation of the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is moving ahead with the second Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol taking place in November.

Given these milestone events in 2021 – as well as the fact that parties have until 2023 to implement the track and trace provisions of the Protocol – we at the International Tax Stamp Association thought the moment was right to invite tax authorities, government officials and NGOs concerned with tobacco control measures to come together for a discussion on what we’ve learned so far with regard to tobacco track and trace and what should be the best practices for authorities to take on board going forward.

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