Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

According to Article 33 of the Convention, the Conference of the Parties (COP) may adopt protocols to the Convention. Only Parties to the Convention may be Parties to a protocol. Any protocol to the Convention shall be binding only on the Parties to the protocol in question.

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the first Protocol to the Convention, was adopted on 12 November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and is currently open for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by the Parties to the WHO FCTC.

A self-assessment checklist for Parties to assess their legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in view of the requirements of the Protocol, prepared by the Convention Secretariat, is available below.