Falsification of medical devices – Results of European survey

The falsification of medical devices is a serious international matter of concern, but little data is available, making it difficult to assess the current state of affairs. To help bridge this gap, the Committee of Experts on Minimising Public Health Risks Posed by Falsification of Medical Products and Similar Crimes (CD-P-PH/CMED) carried out a survey on how authorities in Council of Europe member states perceive and address the issue of falsification of medical devices. The results are now available in a report providing a selection of questions, answers and comments, along with the key findings. 

Survey: Falsification of medical devices

Survey raw data


Recommendation on theft of medicines

The CD-P-PH/CMED has drafted a Council of Europe recommendation addressing issues related to the theft, loss and diversion of medicines from the legal supply chain. The recommendation highlights the need to set up reporting, information sharing and data collection mechanisms in this context, preferably under the guidance of the national competent authority for medicines. It further emphasises the importance of co-operation, since it is recognised that efforts to address and prevent disappearances of medicines cannot be successful if they are not undertaken jointly with law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders. 

Recommendation CM/Rec(2024)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on reporting of disappearances of medicinal products for human and veterinary use from the legal supply chain was adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 10 April 2024.

Survey: Theft, losses and diversions of medicines

Survey raw data

The term "counterfeiting" as used in the Medicrime Convention is meant in its broadest sense of "falsification".

Know-X database

​​​​​The EDQM Know-X database collates reports on falsified medical products in the Council of Europe member states and allows its users to send out Rapid Alerts to their authorised network. It also provides a tool for information exchange between experts from different countries and authorities.

Committee meeting

CD-P-PH/CMED Committee meetings take place twice a year, during spring and autumn, usually in Strasbourg.

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