The fight against crimes which harm human health and integrity in general, and particularly the combat against organized crime, requires a high level of transnational and international cooperation to be effective. Hence the launching of the IRACM’s ambitious partnership policy (International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines). The Institute has already signed partnerships with the large international organizations and leading actors engaged in this struggle.
The World Customs Organization (WCO)
The World Organization of Customs (WCO) is the only intergovernmental organization specialized exclusively in customs issues. Its action aims to improve the efficiency of customs administrations around the world, and to help them meet their dual mission of trade security and trade facilitation. As such, the WCO’s role is also to consolidate the efforts to combat fraudulent and criminal activities. IRACM has joined forces with the WCO in operations to seize counterfeit medicines, especially in Africa (Vice-Grips and Biyela), and organizes training sessions for customs officers.
With its 190 Member countries, Interpol is the only international police organization to cover the entire globe. Interpol mission is to facilitate cooperation between police forces and to provide support and assistance to all services, organizations and authorities which share the same mission to prevent and combat crime. L’IRACM participle à des conferences sur la contrefaçon de medicaments dans le monde avec ou pour Interpol.
Several projects were led by IRACM and with the support of the European Commission to facilitate the cooperation among European enforcement authorities on issues related to Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). The European Pharmacrime projects bring several European experts together to discuss methods of investigating fake medicines.
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA)
IFPMA is a global, non-profit, nongovernmental organization. This association represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The IFPMA and IRACM are partners in the “Fight the Fakes” campaign launched in November 2013 which aims at fighting counterfeit medicines worldwide.
‘Fight the Fakes’ international campaign
Fight the Fakes is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. Initiated on November 2013, the campaign gives a voice to those who have been personally impacted and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health. It seeks to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shine light on the negative impact that fake medicines have on people around the globe and to reduce the negative consequences on individuals worldwide.
Tattali-Iyali Foundation was on the initiative of the First Lady of Niger, Dr. Malika Issoufou. Its main missions are to protect the health and improving the situation of women and children, including the fight against some serious neglected diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, obstetric fistula and fake medicines. The Foundation and IRACM have initiated the signature of the “Niamey Declaration” in November 2013.
The Panthéon-Assas University
The Panthéon-Assas University is considered to be France’s top Law University and is specialized in Law. IRACM has signed a partnership with the university and in 2012 developed a degree in “Pharmaceutical Crime” aimed at professionals of law enforcement, health or law.
Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS)
Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) is a regional and world leader in providing a superior level of academia and training in security sciences. On February 2014, IRACM signed with Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) an agreement to initiate a cooperation with regards to research and training of Arab countries police officers, judges and prosecutors working on the fight against counterfeit medicines.
Mekong Priority Solidarity Fund
The Priority Solidarity Fund, ‘FSP Mekong’, is a project of the French Foreign and European Affairs ministry (MAEE) to stop counterfeit products that pose a threat to health and safety in the Mekong countries: Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. IRACM takes part in training sessions and information conferences organized by FSP Mekong for counterfeit medicines.
The China Criminal Police University (CCPU) de Shenyang
The Criminal Police University of China (CCPU) is the most elite school of criminal police in the People’s Republic of China. It is placed directly under the wing of the National Ministry of Public Security. The CCPU has developed an original and comprehensive system of education combining the knowledge and research work of university staff with the expertise essential to the conduct of criminal investigations in all areas. IRACM is often asked to share its expertise with senior executives.
Francopol association is the result of a joint initiative led by the Directorate of International Relations and Safety Protocol in Québec and the French National Police Training Department. The desire of the two organizations was to create a French speaking network to facilitate cooperation and the exchange of expertise via one common language.
National Institute of Advanced Studies of Security and Justice (INHESJ)
The National Institute of Advanced Studies in Security and Justice is a national public administrative institution under the supervision of the French Prime Minister. The INHESJ intervenes in the areas of training, studies, research, intelligence and strategic analysis related to internal sanitary, environmental and economic security as well as in matters involving justice and legal affairs.
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