New WHO Mechanism Against Poor Quality Medicines To Convene In Buenos Aires

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By Rachel Marusak Hermann for Intellectual Property Watch

The first meeting of the World Health Organization member state mechanism to prevent and control substandard, spurious, falsely-labelled, falsified, and counterfeit medical products (SSFFC) will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 19-21 November.

The resolution to establish the mechanism was adopted during the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) and is available here [pdf]. It calls for an approach strictly from a public health perspective, excluding trade and intellectual property considerations.

According to the provisional agenda [pdf], delegates will discuss areas of work, a work plan, structure, governance, and funding. The SSFFC mechanism report will be presented to the next WHA through the Executive Board at its 132nd session in January 2013. The three-day meeting will not be web streamed.

The WHO will cover economy airfare to the meeting for delegates from least developed countries and, depending on resource availability, for some delegates from other developing countries. Meeting logistics, including how to submit a request for travel support, are available here [pdf].

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