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14 Dec 2021 17:00:00Strasbourg 14 December 2021
A Working Group of the MEDICRIME Committee, open to all member States and observers of the...
29 Nov 2021 08:44:00Strasbourg, France 29 November 2021
The Committee of the Parties of the MEDICRIME Convention is currently holding its fifth Plenary...
16 Nov 2021 09:50:00Strasbourg 16 November 2021
To mark the MEDICRIME Convention’s 10th Anniversary, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of...
02 Nov 2021 08:54:00Strasbourg 2 November 2021
On 20 October 2021, Mr Sergei Glagolev, Deputy Minister of Health (Russian Federation) and Chair...
29 Oct 2021 18:19:00France 29 October 2021
28 October 2021 marks the 10th Anniversary of the opening for signature in Moscow of the...
"In recent years, occurrences of counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes have increased worldwide. These crimes endanger public health, and affect patients and their confidence in the legal marketplace.
Even more profitable than drug trafficking, this new form of crime has an undeniable advantage for criminals: they go largely unpunished or receive only mild sanctions. Even when states take strict measures to regulate the production and distribution of medical products and devices, these measures often prove insufficient, especially when criminal networks find gaps in national legislations allowing them to make substantial profits at the expense of people’s lives and health. The MEDICRIME Convention was drafted to protect vulnerable patients and their right to safe access to medicines of appropriate quality, and to fight against organised crime. As the first and only international treaty dealing with this problem, the convention aims at prosecuting the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes, protecting the rights of victims and promoting national and international co-operation."
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe