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16 Jul 2021 10:36:0016 July 2021
On 21 May 2021, Foreign Affairs Ministers of the 47 Council of Europe member states have agreed...
12 Jul 2021 15:58:00Strasbourg 12 July 2021
On 9 July 2021 took place the final event of the first Council of Europe co-operation project...
02 Jul 2021 10:14:00Strasbourg 2nd July 2021
On 2nd July 2021, the new online HELP course on Pharmaceutical crime and the MEDICRIME Convention...
01 Jul 2021 10:48:00Strasbourg
On 9 July 2021, the NA FAMED project (Needs Assessment- Falsified Medical Products) will organise...
29 Jun 2021 15:52:00Strasbourg 29 June 2021
Mali signed the MEDICRIME Convention. In total, there are 18 Parties to the Convention and...
"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