As signatories of the FCTC begin preparations for compliance with the tobacco traceability requirements the EU has led the way by establishing detailed legislation and requirements in preparation of their May 20, 2019 launch. Multiple years of effort resulted in a detailed system with defined roles for numerous stakeholders including tobacco manufacturers, IT companies, traceability solutions providers, security printers, and Member State authorities. As others make plans for FCTC compliance it is worthwhile to evaluate the EU TPD to see which aspects could serve as a best practice elsewhere. Authentix will share its views on the positive and negative aspects of EU TPD. We will draw upon our experiences as a provider of a TPD Unique ID Issuance platform as well as a provider and supporter of comprehensive tax stamp programs.