Following a 2007 survey of training needs amongst health authorities (OMCLs, drug enforcement units), police through Interpol, customs through World Customs Organization (WCO) (76 participants, 38 countries), a unique multi-professional training concept and the establishment of a trainers' pool was co ordinated. From 2007 to today, 5 training courses involving a total of 100 officials from 40 Council of Europe Member States have been organised. (June 2008: EDQM ; November 2008 (co organised between the EDQM and the Cyprus State Control Laboratory); June 2009 (co organised between the EDQM and the Italian Agency for Medicines (AIFA); January 2010 (co-organised between the EDQM and the Portuguese National Authority for Medicines and Health products).
In addition to training for Member States, regional training was organised for officials from Portuguese or Spanish-speaking countries in Africa and South America : Angola, Cap Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé and Principe, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Mexico.
Risk Communication Model
This model was endorsed by the Committee CD-P-PH and the World Health Organization (WHO) IMPACT in December 2009 (Tunis, Tunisia).
- Training material: Counterfeit medicines: Facts and case studies - practical advice (2008).
- Training material: Counterfeit medicines: Facts and practical advice: Exercises (2009).
- Counterfeit medicines: Facts and practical advice: Case studies (2009).
- Risk communication about counterfeit medical products and similar crimes (in progress; ISBN publication).
Expert support for the organisation of international events
- International Conference on "Preparing for the practical implementation of the Council of Europe MEDICRIME Convention" (2010) (under the aegis of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers).
More than 140 participants, senior officials responsible for policy-making from health, law enforcement and judicial authorities from around 40 states, international organisations and institutions from around the world came together to significantly advance the fight against counterfeit medical products and similar crimes in Europe and worldwide, through promoting political support for the practical implementation of the future MEDICRIME Convention.