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22 Jan 2021 17:24:00Strasbourg, France 22 January 2021
A statement on COVID-19 and vaccines: ensuring equitable access to vaccination during the current...
21 Jan 2021 13:30:00
Call for candidates for a secondment: Special Advisor on pharmaceutical crime for the Council of Europe MEDICRIME SecretariatStrasbourg, France 21 January 2021
The Council of Europe has launched a call for candidates for a secondment as Special Advisor on...
19 Jan 2021 09:39:0019 January 2021
NA-FAMED (“Needs assessment – Falsified Medical Products”) is the first cooperation project on...
15 Jan 2021 16:31:0019 January 2021
On 28 October 2021, we celebrate 10 years of the opening of the MEDICRIME Convention. Back in...
14 Jan 2021 17:16:00Spain 14 January 2021
On 9 December 2020, the inaugural session of the third edition of the Council of Europe HELP...
"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