Packets of cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco supplied to consumers on the Swedish market must bear security features consisting of at least five authentication elements. The security feature, composed of visible and invisible elements, enables the authorities and consumers to verify the products authenticity.
The following five authentication elements shall be used in combination with each other and shall be included in the security feature that shall be shown on tobacco products that shall be sold to consumers in Sweden.
- Guilloche – an ornamental pattern consisting of two or more interlaced bands.
- Colour-changing ink– element that change in colour when looked at from different angles.
- Microprint - very small text that requires magnification to become readable.
- Ultraviolet ink (UV printing) on UV dull paper –that will show up under special UV lamps.
- Anti-Stokes ink – that can only be identified with special equipment.
At least one of the authentication elements must be supplied by an independent third-party supplier in accordance with Article 3.2 of Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/576.
The regulations on which the information is based, can be found in the following links:
Chapter 3 Sections 7-11 Act (2018:2088) on tobacco and similar products (riksdagen.se) (in Swedish)
Chapter 3 Sections 3-8 Regulation 2019:223 On tobacco and similar products (riksdagen.se) (in Swedish)
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products (eur-lex.europa.eu)
Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 of 15 December 2017 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products (eur-lex.europa.eu)
Consolidated - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products (eur-lex.europa.eu)
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/576 on technical standards for security features applied to tobacco products (eur-lex.europa.eu)
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