The Council of Europe is implementing targeted co-operation activities on issues related to falsified medical products with the purpose of providing national authorities with information about relevant standards, as well as with the tools and the necessary expertise to comply with them. These activities thus provide considerable added value towards efforts of member states and third countries to fight against falsified medical products.
Counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes have a global spread, no country is spared. The Council of Europe has long been concerned about the absence of harmonised international legislation, non-deterrent sanctions in proportionate to the harm caused to patients, and the involvement of criminal organisations which operate across borders.
The Council of Europe – through its Criminal Law Division – is supporting countries worldwide in the strengthening of their criminal justice capacities to respond to the challenges posed by the falsification of medicines and medical devices on the basis of the MEDICRIME Convention.
Workshops are a timely opportunity for policy-makers and national authorities (justice, health, customs and law enforcement authorities) to explore and broaden the understanding of the particularly charged issues surrounding the field of falsified medical products and similar crimes in light of particular and current trends and issues.