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19 May 2022 10:14:00Strasbourg 18/05/2022
Greece has signed the MEDICRIME Convention (18/05/2022). In total, there are 21 Parties to the...
03 May 2022 10:31:00Strasbourg 03/05/2022
Slovenia has deposited the instrument of ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention. The Convention...
21 Apr 2022 11:57:00Strasbourg 21/04/2022
Lithuania signed the MEDICRIME Convention (21/04/2022). Lithuania is the first Baltic country to...
19 Apr 2022 17:41:00Strasbourg 19/04/2022
Morocco has deposited the instrument of ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention. The Convention...
10 Mar 2022 17:22:00Strasbourg 10/03/2022
Niger has deposited the instrument of ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention. The Convention...
"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