PHARMACRIME: EUROPEAN PROJECTS AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL CRIME

Pharmacrime is an informal network of European partners fighting against counterfeit medicines. The projects created by this network of experts focus on investigations on pharmaceutical crime. Each year since 2009, Pharmacrime has introduced new international projects to fight pharmaceutical crime, a problem that has reached worrying heights in recent years.

Pharmacrime projects are implemented by the Association for European Cooperation on Justice and Home Affairs (EUCOJUST), an international non-profit organization, in partnership with several European authorities. Pharmacrime 1, 2 and 3 received financial support from the European Commission (DG Home Affairs).

PHARMACRIME at a glance

2010 Pharmacrime 1 The first Pharmacrime project was designed to study investigative methods and identify best practices in the field of counterfeit medicines.
The conference in Brussels in 2010 was attended by 130 experts from the European Union.
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2012 Pharmacrime 2 Pharmacrime 2 focused on the specific problem of counterfeit medicines sold over the internet. A practical guide was published for investigators in the European Union.
The conference was held in Brussels in 2012.
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2014 Pharmacrime 3 The aim of Pharmacrime 3 was to help investigators implement effective methods to counter criminal groups attempting to introduce counterfeit medicines into the legal supply chain.
The validation conference held in Lyon in March 2014 was attended by 100 experts from 27 European countries.
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2015 Pharmacrime 4 Pharmacrime 4 provides a guide for European judges involved in falsified medicines investigations.
The validation conference was attended by nearly 90 participants in Issy-les-Moulineaux (near Paris), on 22 and 23 January 2015, in the General Directorate of the Gendarmerie Nationale (DGGN).