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.
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.
Risk Communication Model
Expert support for the organisation of international events
More information on the programme results:
Study on "Identification of health damage caused by counterfeit/falsified medical ("Medicrime") products in Europe", 2011-2012, by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), with the C-P-PH/CMED)
The study assessed Medicrime products that are seized throughout Europe and the associated health complaints expected. The report describes the main categories of counterfeit/falsified medicinal products likely to cause health damage and suggests a combined strategy to increase the awareness of the problemamongst doctors of problem. The report also outlines an approach aimed at better identifying patients susceptible to health damage from illegal medical products. The EDQM is currently conducting a pilot study of this approach (2013-2014).
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.
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"
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.