It is foreseeable that the States being part of the Convention will implement their domestic penal law accordingly with their duties derived from the MEDICRIME Convention. The country profiles have been prepared with a view to sharing information and assessing the current state of implementation of the MEDICRIME Convention under domestic legislation.
The contact points provide the link between the Council of Europe and the actors and mechanisms in place at national level in the field of falsified medical products: government, parliament, local and regional authorities, civil society and the private sector.
Specialised international organisations already carried out substantial work to combat counterfeiting, with greater emphasis on the protection of intellectual property rights. However, there is a general recognition that, along with the violation of intellectual property rights, counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products and medical devices puts public health and the health of individuals at risk and therefore needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
The Council of Europe is working in close cooperation with different national and international entities and organisations, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs). You may find a non-exhaustive list of them here.