On 27 July 2017, Burkina Faso ratified the Council of Europe’s Medicrime Convention. This 10th signatory party to the convention triggers the establishment of the Committee of the Parties – the Convention’s monitoring body – a major step forward in the fight against falsified medicines.
The Committee of the Parties ensures the effective implementation of the Medicrime Convention which establishes a legal framework for the global fight against falsifying medical products and similar crimes, applying a three-fold focus: providing for the criminalisation of certain acts; protecting the rights of victims of the offences established under the Convention; and promoting a multi-sectoral approach and international cooperation.
The Committee of the Parties will be convened for the first time by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe within a year of the entry into force of the Convention by virtue of the 10th ratification. The Committee will ensure equal participation of all the Parties in the decision-making and Convention monitoring process; it will also strengthen the cooperation between the Parties on ensuring the proper and effective implementation of the Convention.
Along with the Parties, the Committee will also include representatives from other bodies and institutions. Through the input of authorities in the health, police, customs and judicial fields, the Committee will be able to ensure a genuinely multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach to the fight against falsified medical products. The EDQM will assist to the best of its capacity in the set-up of the Committee of the Parties.