The European Medicines Verification released version of 1.8 of their live portal in October 2019. Amongst the new features is the ability to directly access a new security certificate.
When an organisation such as a hospital, warehouse or pharmacy is first granted access to the FMD verification portal they are provided with an account user name and password. These account details are used to access a web portal which in turn allows the security certificate to be downloaded.
The web interface requires a code or TAN to download the certificate. As the certificate is downloaded a Window will appear containing the password for the certificate. This is not the same as the TAN which is only used for the purpose of downloading a certificate.
The downloaded certificate can be copied and installed on more than 1 local machine. Any installation will require the provided password. It is possible to download the same certificate again; a useful fall back if the original file is lost or corrupted.
A new certificate will be generated 60 days before the expiry of the original certificate. 30 days before expiry the user will be notified by email that a new certificate will be required. An issued certificate remains live for 2 years. For a short overlap of time both the old and new certificates will be valid.
Starting with version 1.8 of the FMD portal it is possible to download a new certificate using the existing certificate or a TAN. So assuming a new certificate is available there are 2 options:
- Send the new TAN to the portal.
- Use the existing (valid) certificate to request a new certificate. (A TAN is not required).
Serialogical FMD software has been updated to accommodate option (2); a direct download of a new certificate. If a TAN is provided it will use this to access the new certificate. If the TAN box is left empty the existing certificate will be used to validate the connection. The data sent back will be converted to a valid certificate file and the related password displayed in the ‘Passphrase’ box.