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24 March 2014

EDQM launches new database to assist authorities in the fight against counterfeit/falsified medical products

As part of its anti-counterfeiting activities, the EDQM is pleased to announce the launch of a new database called “KnowX”. This database collates reports on counterfeit/falsified medical products that have been detected in Council of Europe member states.

 

The idea is to provide a user-friendly tool that will assist officials by expanding their knowledge and awareness of the problem of counterfeit/falsified medicines, provide a basis for the exchange of information, highlight and encourage collaboration between health and law enforcement authorities, and foster the sharing of analytical information on the testing of counterfeit/falsified and other illegal medicines within the Network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCLs).

 

The database contains details on closed cases of counterfeit/falsified medical products, technical information on the testing performed, the authorities involved and what actions were taken. The information provided is gathered from various sources (e.g. OMCLs, health authorities, regulatory agencies, medical products surveillance authorities, customs and police) and it is intended to provide governments with decision aids for the management and prevention of specific risks.

 

The EDQM has put in place certain criteria for access to the new database. Access can be requested by officials working for:

  • a competent health or law enforcement authority in a Council of Europe member state or in a state party to the MEDICRIME Convention that is directly involved in fighting counterfeit/falsified medical products and similar crimes, or
  • a member of the European OMCL Network that does not belong to the core testing group.

 

If you would like more information on this database, please contact the EDQM at: knowx(at)edqm.eu

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