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Track and Trace

COP10 and MOP3 Postponed to 2024

The 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), and the Third session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP3) to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, has been postponed from November 2023 to as early as possible in 2024.

Events - November 20, 2023 midnight

ITSA Welcomes New Members and Board

With three new companies recently added to the growing membership base of the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), the total number of members now stands at 28 – the highest level yet!

ITSA - November 20, 2023 midnight

Demax Pushes e-Beam to the Maximum

Demax Holograms was one of the first manufacturers of security holograms in eastern Europe and now sells its products to over 70 different countries. It took the opportunity to present its latest nano-optical elements for physical security at the recent Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™ in Tbilisi, Georgia (2-4 October 2023).

Technology - November 20, 2023 midnight

Fuel and Cannabis in the News

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has revealed that the country’s fuel marking and quality monitoring programme has led to a drastic reduction in fuel adulteration, from 30% in 2015 to less than 0.5% this year.

Cannabis - November 20, 2023 midnight

Tax Stamp Standard Review Is Underway

As previously reported in Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, the international standard for excise tax stamps, ISO 22382:2018, is now due its five- year review, in accordance with ISO procedures (the International Organization for Standards).

Free - October 27, 2023 midnight

Interview with LEONHARD KURZ

This month, we have a new entry in our ongoing interview series investigating the experiences of International Tax Stamp Association members, diving into their personal perspectives on the tax industry, today’s challenges and opportunities, and tomorrow’s potential advances.

Interviews - October 12, 2023 midnight

A Review of TSTF 2023 – More Greenfields, Please!

One of the best comments coming out of the 11th Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™ (TSTF), held from 2-4 October in Tbilisi, Georgia, was from a revenue authority attending the forum for the first time. They said that now that they’d seen first-hand what they’d been missing by not attending this event, they would be sure to attend all security printing conferences in future.

Free - October 12, 2023 midnight

Tax Stamps and Track and Trace – Making Everything More Visible

Whether you use tax stamps or you don’t use tax stamps, let’s face it, illicit trade still exists. The difference is, tax stamps and associated track and trace and production monitoring systems help make illicit trade stand out more (like a sore thumb), plus they make it easier to trace illicit trade back to its origin, and identify at what point in the supply chain legal trade may have become illegal trade.

Free - September 27, 2023 midnight

Smartphone Report Released

Reconnaissance International is pleased to announce the release of its new publication – ‘Smartphones for Authentication’ – the only publication of its kind.

Smartphones - September 27, 2023 midnight

How Standards Help You

As previously announced in Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, it has been five years since the international standard for tax stamps (ISO 22382:2018) was published by the International Organization for Standards (ISO), so in accordance with ISO procedures, this standard is now due to be reviewed.

Standards - September 27, 2023 midnight

Distinkt – A New Name in Nanotech Authentication

Nanotechnology has been a fertile breeding ground for authentication and brand protection devices – given that structures that can be controlled at the nanoscale (roughly the size of a few atoms or molecules) exhibit responses to light that are distinctive and near impossible to replicate. Now, a team of researchers and entrepreneurs has launched a new optical ink feature into the market.

Organisations - September 27, 2023 midnight