The Scientific Committee on Falsified Medicines held a meeting on Monday, April 4, 2011, under the chairmanship of Professor Marc Gentilini, the Fondation’s General Delegate for Health. The day’s agenda addressed continuing advocacy with European institutions and with the economic communities of both West African States and the Commonwealth.
The Fondation Chirac hopes to continue its work with the European Commission and European Parliament, building on past achievements such as the adoption of a resolution by the ACP Group of States in Brussels in November 2010 and the organization of a full day devoted to conferences on falsified medicines during the European Development Days. The Plenary session of the ACP/EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in May in Budapest will be a pivotal moment in advancing the struggle against falsified medicines amidst the priorities of cooperation policies.
In accordance with targets set by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, within the framework of the Convention signed in December 2010, the Fondation during the coming year, will also work specifically on the challenges facing regional organizations in their fight against falsified medicines. The Ministry, the Fondation, and several partners will work to create panels on falsified medicines for West Africa that will emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach (regulation, health, police, customs, justice) against this scourge, and the need for cooperation at the regional level to organize and secure pharmaceutical distribution channels.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government meets once every two years, as do the heads of State and Government of the Francophonie who held their Summit in Montreux in October 2010. The Commonwealth Meeting will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 28 to 30 October 2011. At this meeting, the Fondation and its partners aim to raise awareness among Commonwealth members about access to quality medicines and the means at States’ disposal to ensure the quality of pharmaceutics, from manufacture to distribution into the hands of patients.