IMPACT - The handbook

Facts | Activities | Documents developed by the Assembly and the Working Groups 2006-2010


Publication details

Editors: IMPACT Secretariat at AIFA
Number of pages: 164
Publication date: January 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-88-481-2646-5


This handbook will discuss a topic that has been discussed at various ICDRA for the last 16 years: Counterfeit Medicines. As regulators, we know what we mean when we say counterfeit medicine. There may be small differences in our different national legislations but certainly we make no confusion between counterfeit medicines, substandard medicines and legitimate generic medicines. We know that counterfeit medicines are a global public health menace causing death, disability and injury. They destroy the credibility of health systems and waste precious human and financial resources. They are found in all countries, both developed and developing.

Responding to the growing public health crisis of counterfeit drugs, and the call by the WHO Member countries at the ICDRA meeting in Madrid in February 2004, many stakeholders, including the World Health Organization, in February 2006 agreed to establish the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). The taskforce has been active in forging international collaboration to seek global solutions to this global challenge and in raising awareness of the dangers of counterfeit medical products...