How to Minimise Public Health Risks

Posed by Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes


Counterfeiting of medicines and similar crimes in healthcare poses a risk to public health.

In continuing with the activities carried out under the aegis of the former Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health field, the Committee of Experts on minimising the public health risks posed by counterfeiting of medical products and related crimes (CD-P-PH/CMED) was entrusted with developing and promoting the implementation of mulitsectoral risk prevention and management strategies.


More information about the Committee of Experts CD-P-PH/CMED

Work Programme

The CD-P-PH/CMED has given priority to the following projects:

  • transferring "know-how" and proven practices to member states' officials and concerned professionals through the delivery and management of multisectorial training and education and through publications;

  • providing public health authorities with model approaches and strategies on risk communication;

  • promoting a network of (Single) Points of Contact (SPOCs);

  • building and maintaining specific knowledge and intelligence;

  • drafting and implementing the Council of Europe Convention on counterfeit medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (Medicrime);

  • sharing model approaches with other international institutions and organisations.

Programme Results

  • Trainings

  • Risk Communication Model

  • Publications

  • Expert support for the organisation of international events

More information on the programme results:


Programme results for 2011-2013


Programme results for 2008-2010

Reports/Model Approaches

  • Counterfeit medicines - Survey report (2006) by Dr Jonathan Harper and Mr Bertrand Gellie. For more information or to order this publication, please go to Council of Europe's Online Bookstore.

Past Events

Training Course: "Networking between Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) within Health authorities, Police and Customs"

Training Courses: "Best Practices to Combat the Counterfeiting of Medicines and Protect Public Health"

Expert workshop: "Communication about the risks posed by Counterfeit Medical Products and Similar Crimes"

Training Course "Working Across Disciplines and Borders - Best Practices to Combat Counterfeiting of Medicines and to Protect Public Health"


Seminar "Counteract the counterfeiters! Limiting the risks of Counterfeit Medicines to Public Health in Europe by Adequate measures and Mechanisms"


Additional information

Counterfeit medicines - Survey report (2006) by Dr. Jonathan Harper and Mr. Bertrand Gellie. For more information or to order this publication, go to the Council of Europe's Online Bookstore.


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