Regional conference “Approaches to Practical Implementation of Council of Europe Convention about Counterfeit of Medical Products and Similar Crimes that Threaten to Health Care (MEDICRIME)” started its work on 11, June, 2013 at Bogomolets NMU.
The event was held under the chairmanship of Vice-Prime-minister of Ukraine K.I. Gryschenko with support from State Service of Ukraine on Drugs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at Bogomolets National Medical University in V.F. Voyno-Yasenetskyy (Saint Luka) lecture hall in morphological building.
Welcome speeches were made by Vice-Prime-minister of Ukraine K.I. Gryschenko, director in Directorate of Informational Support and Contraction against Criminality, General Directorate on Human Rights and Supremacy of Law (DG I) in Council of Europe Ya. Kleyssen, deputy Chairman in Committee of Health Care at Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine A.F. Shypko. Rector of University academician V.F. Moskalenko made the introductory speech.
The specialists from Directorate of Contraction against Criminality in Council of Europe, European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM), Directorate on Democracy (DGII) in Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, as well as representatives from Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministry of Health Care of Ukraine, State Service of Ukraine on Drugs, Ministry of Incomes and Charges of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Security Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, other ministries and agencies took part in the event. The organizer of the conference was State Service of Ukraine on Drugs.
It is planned to discuss the following questions during the Conference, which will be held on 11-12, June, 2013:
- understanding MEDICRIME Convention;
- strategies on struggle against forfeits, ways and consequences from its implementation;
- increase in awareness level of population about implementation of MEDICRIME Convention;
- preventive measures with participation of Europe and European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM);
- importance of provisions in Convention for Europe, perspectives in terms of World Customs Organization (WCO);
- influence of MEDICRIME Convention and role of WCO in struggle against forfeited products and other similar crimes;
- cooperation with France, Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland: experience and possible ways for implementation;
- intersectoral cooperation of regulatory and law enforcement authorities, proposals on realization of MEDICRIME Convention.
The problem on forfeit of drugs disturbed all leading countries and international organizations in the sphere of health care and enforcement for a long time. For many years World Health Organization (WHO) was working on this issue through establishing IMPACT Work Group, which was engaged into five directions and included famous international specialists from different countries. Later IMPACT’s best practice was used in continuation for development of Council of Europe Convention about Counterfeit of Medical Products and Similar Crimes that Threaten to Health Care (MEDICRIME)”, which was opened until signing on 28.10.2011 in Moscow, Russian Federation. One of the first signatories of “MEDICRIME” Convention was Ukraine.