Launch of the UNODC Guide on Good Legislative Practices on Combatting Falsified Medical Product-Related Crime, 28th Session of the CCPCJ, 22 May 2019, Vienna

On 22 May 2019 on the sidelines of the 28thsession of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) was launched the Guide on Good Legislative Practices on Combating Falsified Medical Product-Related Crime. It was developed with the financial support of France and contributions of numerous experts from all continents and of the Council of Europe, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union, the International Council of Nurses, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the New Partnership for Africa's Development, the World Customs Organization and the World Health Organization.

Member States can use this guide as a practical tool as they draft, amend or review relevant national legislation. Intellectual property rights are specifically excluded from the ambit of this Guide. It is hoped that this Guide will contribute to an increased number of national and international investigations and prosecutions of falsified medical product-related crime, which remains a "high profit low risk sector" for criminals.

For More Information:

UNODC Launched Guide to Combat Crime Related to Falsified Medical Products

UNODC Guide to Good Legislative Practices on Combating Falsified Medical Product-Related Crime

WHO Webpage on Substandard and Falsified Medical Products