At a time when the Covid-19 epidemic is posing unprecedented challenges to the health sector, the Council of Europe calls on governments to be extremely vigilant against counterfeit or falsified medicines and medical products. Faced with this threat, states can rely on the MEDICRIME Convention to safeguard public health and target the criminal behaviour of those who, like criminal networks, take advantage of the loopholes in our systems and of the current crisis.
Advice on the application of the MEDICRIME Convention in the context of COVID-19
The Committee of the Parties of the MEDICRIME Convention advises that the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for the authorities of all member States of the Council of Europe and other countries. There are specific and intense challenges for staff working in various places. The protection of the public health systems and individual health rests not only with healthcare practitioners and health service providers, but with all those who contribute to the protection of public health from falsified medical products and similar crimes.