Russia is preparing criminal code amendments for counterfeit products

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The Russian Ministry of Health began to prepare a draft law on amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation in order to fight the circulation of falsified, counterfeit, substandard, and unregistered medicinal products.

The amendments are expected to take effect from January 2019. The need for amendments arose due to adoption of the Federal Law No. 439-FZ of December 29, 2017 “On ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health.”

In December 2017, the Federation Council approved the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health. MEDICRIME Convention, which became the first pan-European agreement in this area, was elaborated on the initiative and with the active participation of Russia.

The adopted document is aimed at enhancing the inter-state mechanisms for protection of public against the risks associated with the circulation of falsified and substandard medicinal products and medical devices. The main purpose of the agreement is to establish criminal liability for falsification of medical products and for similar crimes, including the manufacturing, storage, sale, and forgery of documents and packaging.