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01 Apr 2021 13:06:00Strasbourg, France 1st April 2021
Mali has been invited by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to accede the...
30 Mar 2021 15:15:0030 March 2021
On 23 March 2021, the MEDICRIME Committee attended the presentation of the new platform Iber@....
22 Mar 2021 11:56:00Strasbourg, France 22 March 2021
The Council of Europe launches a call for candidates for a secondment as Special Advisor on...
19 Feb 2021 13:55:00Strasbourg, France 19 February 2021
Niger signed the MEDICRIME Convention. In total, there are 18 Parties to the Convention and...
18 Feb 2021 10:54:00Strasbourg 17 February 2021
Ecuador has been invited by the committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to accede 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