Minsk hosted a workshop on the Council of Europe Convention
On the 7 of July 2016 Minsk hosted a workshop on the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (the MEDICRIME Convention). The event was organized by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus with the support of the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk.
The MEDICRIME Convention is the first international treaty in the field of criminal law relating to the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes that threaten public health. Safeguarding public health through penal measures targeting criminal behaviour, protecting victims, promoting co-operation at national and international levels, and providing preventive measures are the principal aims of this Convention.
Within the framework of the workshop the key provisions of the MEDICRIME Convention were presented, specific features of its implementation were discussed. The participants analyzed the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, which comprise the relevant provisions in the sphere of combating counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products. Furthermore, the experts discussed the possibility of amending the Belarusian legislation before accession to the MEDICRIME Convention.