This commitment illustrates the interest of political and technical leaders of the countries on the African continent that are affected by the traffic of falsified medicines.
Before signing, Morocco was already an associate member of the Network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCL), created by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in May 1994. It has also acceded in 1997 to the European Pharmacopoeia “designed to provide common quality standards to control the quality of medicines and of substances used in the manufacture of medicines (human and veterinary use).”
Even though North Africa is not currently the most affected region in terms of falsified medicines, it can be used as a relay and is victim of organized criminal trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa.
This is why Morocco has wisely taken proactive action by signing the MEDICRIME convention.
The Fondation Chirac continues to educate the leaders of all countries, especially African nations, about the importance of penalizing this traffic, which is responsible each year for the death of thousands of people among the poorest populations, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.