Falsified Medicines in Europe: Enhanced Analytical Capacity for National Laboratories Through the OMCL Network

The European network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories has highlighted how new analytical techniques will support national authorities, such as health government agencies, customs, police and courts, in the fight against falsified medicines in Europe and globally.

OMCLs can play an important role in testing the authenticity of medicines and detecting falsifications through the use of advanced techniques, such as chemometric evaluation of testing results.

A global strategy has been developed, by the Council of Europe’s EDQM, against falsification of medical products and similar crimes. This works through risk management and prevention initiatives, as well as encouraging member states and other stakeholders to work closely together, in Europe and beyond.

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