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12 Oct 2020 16:59:00Moscow, Russian Federation 7 October 2020
On the 7 October 2020, Mr Sergei GLAGOLEV, Chair of the Committee of the Parties to the MEDICRIME...
08 Oct 2020 09:50:00Strasbourg 8 October 2020
The Council of Europe has launched a Competitive bidding procedure for the Purchase of...
28 Sep 2020 14:40:00Strasbourg, France 28 September 2020
Belarus has deposited the instrument of ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention. The Convention...
18 Sep 2020 15:54:0018 September 2020
The Convention will enter into force concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina on 1st January 2021....
05 Jun 2020 14:23:00Strasbourg, France 5 May 2020
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has issued a toolkit for...
"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