This initiative deserves recognition because to date, of the 22 signatory countries only Ukraine and Spain have ratified the Medicrime Convention. The Convention has been open for signature since October 2011. It aims to establish a framework for international cooperation concerning the fight against the production and distribution of falsified medicines, as well its penalization.
It should be noted that to take effect, the Medicrime Convention must be ratified by at least five states, three of which must be members of the Council of Europe. Indeed, the Convention is open for signature by third party states – at the invitation of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Therefore, three more ratifications are needed, one of which must be by a member State of the Council of Europe.
A Regional Conference will be held on November 20 and 21, 2013 in Madrid. Delegations from the Council of Europe’s Member States will be in attendance in order to encourage them to either sign the Convention, or to complete the ratification process by their respective parliaments.
More information is available on the official website of the Council of Europe’s Medicrime Convention.