MEDICRIME Convention open for signatures in one month
The conference will be held from October 26 to 28, 2011 in Moscow and will stand as a significant milestone in the fight against falsified medicines. Since the Cotonou Declaration in October 2009, the Fondation Chirac has incessantly led this very same battle.
The MEDICRIME Convention developed by the Council of Europe to address the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health, is destined to be a legally binding instrument in the field of criminal law.
The Council adopted it on December 7, 2010, following the Fondation Chirac’s conference on the traffic of falsified medicines in Brussels.
The Convention is an unprecedented effort to counter this traffic.
Furthermore, it is an open Convention, in that non-member States of the Council of Europe may sign. Guinea-Conakry has already filed an application to the General Secretariat of the Council of Europe to sign the MEDICRIME Convention.
Indeed, at the Ouagadougou Round Table currently underway, Guinea-Conakry’s Representative, Dr. Sidiki Diakite, Inspector General of Health, has confirmed the President Alpha Conde’s request to the Council of Europe.
President Alpha Conde signed the Cotonou Declaration last June 1st, during Guinea Conakry’s Medical Days, during an audience he had granted to Professor Gentilini.
By criminalizing the manufacture and traffic of falsified medicine and medical products, on the grounds of public health, MEDICRIME represents a decisive step in the struggle to improve access to quality healthcare for all.