During this informal meeting, attended notably by employees of the national inspection agencies; observers from the United States, Russia, and Croatia; and representatives of Europol, Interpol, the European Council, the European Medicines agency, and the European Commission, discussions are slated to focus on banned and counterfeit medicines sold online and the implementation of the MEDICRIME Convention.
The MEDICRIME Convention was born from the desire of the Council of Europe to create an international convention that would establish the first legally binding instrument in terms of criminal law by criminalizing counterfeiting but also the manufacture and distribution of falsified medical products.
MEDICRIME thus clearly addresses the lack of harmonized legislation at the international level while every year, the scourge of falsified medicines is the cause of death for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, particularly in developing countries.
To date, only 15 countries have signed the Convention. This is still far too few given that the ratification process has not yet been initiated by any party, and for it to truly come into force, it is essential that this Convention be ratified by at least five countries.
Although initiated by the Council of Europe, any non-member country is free to join the Convention.