Counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes have a global spread, no country is spared. The Council of Europe has long been concerned about the absence of harmonised international legislation, non-deterrent sanctions in proportionate to the harm caused to patients, and the involvement of criminal organisations which operate across borders.
Thanks to its pan-European membership and cooperation with states and regions beyond Europe, the Council of Europe was able to embark on developing an international criminal law treaty focusing on public health and with a truly global impact: mandated by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and supported by intersecretariat cooperation between the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law and the Directorate General of Democracy through its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), the text of the above convention was opened for signature in Moscow (the Russian Federation) on 28 October 2011 and entered force on 1 January 2016 after the ratification of five signatories (Republic of Guinea, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Spain and Ukraine).
Regional Conferences on MEDICRIME Convention
- Larnaca (Cyprus), 10-11 November 2015
- Skopje (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), 19-20 June 2014
- Madrid (Spain), 20-21 November 2013
- Kyiv (Ukraine), 11-12 June 2013
Parliamentary Conferences on MEDICRIME Convention
International High-Level Conferences
Conference of high-ranking representatives of the police services and other law-enforcement authorities