The MEDICRIME Convention ratification
On 28 September 2020 the Republic of Belarus has deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (hereafter – MEDICRIME Convention). The MEDICRIME Convention will enter into force for Belarus on 1st January 2021.
MEDICRIME convention constitutes a binding international instrument in the criminal law field on counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health. Safeguarding of public health through penal measures against criminal behaviors, protection of victims, promotion of cooperation at national and international levels, and preventive measures are the main aims of the Convention. The number of Parties to it is 18 (including the Republic of Belarus), other 14 States are signatories. Belarus is the 4th non-Council of Europe Member State to have ratified the MEDICRIME Convention.