The Minister Veronika Skvortsova solemnly presented the Secretary General of the European Council with the ratification instrument of Russia's accession to the "Medicrime" Convention.
The ceremony, which took place at the Palais de l'Europe (Strasbourg, France), was attended by the Head of Roszdravnadzor - Mikhail Murashko. The Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Veronika Skvortsova presented the Secretary General of the European Council, Thorbjørn Jagland, with the ratification instrument of the accession of the Russian Federation to the Convention of European Council on Combating Counterfeit Medical Products and Similar Crimes that Threaten the Health of the Population (Medicrime Convention).
"We are happy to present this ratification instrument on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. This event, of course, contributes towards strengthening of our contacts, "- said Veronika Skvortsova.
In her phrase, Russia would like to significantly expand the range of interactions and move beyond fighting against the counterfeit products.
"We are doing a lot of work to create a system for monitoring the quality of medical care, medicines and medical products. In 2016, we issued a very important law for our country dedicated to biomedicine. Now, on its grounds we have developed a law on donorship. We know how much attention the European Council pays to these issues, “- Veronica Skvortsova emphasized.
Whereas, Secretary General of the European Council Thorbjørn Jagland thanked the Minister and noted the role of Russia in the fight against falsification in the medical field.
Let us recall that the "Medicrime" Convention that was elaborated upon an initiative of the Russian side, was signed on behalf of the Russian Federation in Moscow on October 28, 2011.
For six years, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Health, Roszdravnadzor, the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, with the support of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other interested authorities, made significant changes to the regulatory framework of the Russian Federation in order to harmonize Russian approaches in combating falsification of medical products with relevant international principles laid down by this Convention.
As a result of the work accomplished Federal Law No. 439- ФЗ "On the Ratification of the Convention of European Council on Combating Counterfeit Medical Products and Similar Crimes that Threaten Public Health" was adopted on December 29, 2017.
The accession of the Russian Federation to the "Medicrime" Convention contributes to the strengthening of the pan-European legal system, creates additional opportunities for our country to participate in determining pan-European and world standards for the quality and safety of medicines and medical products, contributes toward expanding interactions between the Russian Federation and the European Council, and it also supports a consistent national policy to mitigate the risks to the population and the health system related to poor-quality and counterfeit medical products.
For reference: the Convention of European Council on Combating Counterfeit Medical Products and Similar Crimes that Threaten Public Health (the "Medicrime" Convention) is the first pan-European agreement on fighting against falsification of medical products, it covers criminal and organizational aspects, and has a pronounced humanitarian focus, prioritizing the suppression and prevention of threats to public health, caused by crimes in this area.
Detailed information on the "Medicrime" Convention can be found on the website of the European Council: