The Medicrime Convention, the first binding international instrument in the criminal law field that focuses on the criminal act of counterfeiting medical products and other crimes that threaten public health is celebrating its 10 year anniversary!

28 October 2021 marked the 10th Anniversary since the MEDICRIME Convention  opening for signature in Moscow. To celebrate this milestone, the Council of Europe has organized an online event that will take place on 2 December at 15h CET. The event will be held in English and French.

The event will examine the MEDICRIME Convention’s achievements, challenges and added value for the Parties and members States in fighting the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health. It will be an occasion to look at the current issues at stake and the steps ahead. 

Fight the Fakes, as a Medicrime Convention committed supporter, invites all of its members and allies to join the event and celebrate the convention’s 10 year anniversary!


Onboarding of the participants on the online platform (KUDO system) [14:45-15:00 CET]

 OPENING SESSION [15:00- 15:20 pm]

  • Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Mr Christian Meuwly, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Council of Europe, Chair of Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation, Committee of Ministers
  • Mr Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 
  • Mr Sergei Glagolev, Deputy Minister of Health, Russian Federation, Chair of the MEDICRIME Committee
  • Moderator: Oscar Alarcón-Jiménez, Executive Secretary of the MEDICRIME Committee 

 Video [15:20- 15:25 pm]

SESSION 1: Drafting the Convention 10 years ago [15:25 – 15:45 pm]

  • Mr Fritz Zeder, Head of unit, Federal Ministry of Justice, Austria, Member at the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) 
  • Ms Lynda Scammel, Senior Policy Adviser, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), United Kingdom, Chair of the Committee of Experts on Minimising Public Health Risks Posed by Falsification of Medical Products and Similar Crimes, European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM)
  • Mr Christian Tournié, Lieutenant Colonel, Gendarmerie, Vice-Chair of the MEDICRIME Committee
  • Moderator: Jeremy Moakes, Head of Web and Audio-Visual communication Division, Directorate of Communication, Council of Europe

SESSION 2: The implementation of the MEDICRIME Convention at national level: 10 years of achievements [15:45- 16:05 pm]

  • Mr Gabor Jancso, Deputy State Secretary for Criminal Law Codification, Ministry of Justice, Hungary.
  • Mr Asier Urruela, Professor in Criminal Law, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Ms Marta Castillo González, Deputy Head of Unit, Illicit trade, health & environment investigations, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
  • Moderator: Carlos Romeo Casabona, Full Professor of Criminal Law and Coordinator of the “Chair of Law and the Human Genome” Research Group at the University of the Basque Country

SESSION 3: Next steps for the MEDICRIME Convention [16.05 – 16.25 pm]

  • Ms Karen Kramer, Senior Expert, Organized Crime Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Ms Pernette Bourdillon Esteve, Technical officer, incidents and Substandard and Falsified medical products team, World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Mme Tatiana Sallem, General Coordinator, Conference of Ministers of Justice of Ibero-American countries (COMJIB)
  • Mr Marc Gentilini, Pan-African Organisation for the fight for health (OPALS)
  • Moderator: Hugo Bonar, international consultant

CLOSING SESSION [16:25-16:30 pm]

  • Mr Sergei Glagolev, Chair of the MEDICRIME Committee
  • Moderator: Oscar Alarcón-Jiménez, Executive Secretary of the MEDICRIME Committee

More information here.

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