Actions against counterfeit medicines
A conference to discuss organized crime involvement and prevention strategies
Turin, 29 January 2014
Counterfeit medicines is a serious problem affecting every country in the world and posing a great danger to patients and citizens at large. The conference which will take place in Turin on 29 January, is organized by the Observatory on Counterfeiting of the Province of Turin, the Turin Chamber of Commerce and PATLIB in cooperation with UNICRI and Italian Customs Agency.
The meeting aims at presenting the results of UNICRI’s work within the SAVEmed project. The project, funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme, focused on the fight against counterfeit medicines and organized crime managing this illicit activity. UNICRI was a partner of the project and was responsible for the implementation of several research activities. In this regard, the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) actively contributed to UNICRI's activities.
The following topics will be presented and discussed during the conference: organized crime’s strategies for the production and distribution of counterfeit medicines; the role of the Internet as a facilitating factor for the selling of counterfeit medicines; the project awareness campaign and good public-private communication strategies to prevent counterfeiting.
Representatives of public institutions involved in the fight against the counterfeiting of medicines will participate in the conference. This will allow for a thorough understanding of the role and activities undertaken by national and international institutions. Moreover, representatives from the private sector will provide their inputs on the role of technologies in preventing and fighting this illicit activity.
Conference Schedule Turin, Wednesday 29 January 2014
Centro Congressi Torino Incontra, via Nino Costa 8
14.15 Onsite registration of participants
14.30 Welcome remarks and opening
Alessandro Barberis, President of the Turin Chamber of Commerce and PATLIB
Jonathan Lucas, Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
15.00 Pharmacies in Sport: Legal obligations and criminal liabilities
Raffaele Guariniello, Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Turin
15.20 Public-private communication in the fight against counterfeit drugs: the experience of IMPACT Italia
Domenico Di Giorgio, Director, Prevention of Counterfeiting Unit, Italian Medicine Agency (AIFA)
15.40 The SAVEmed Project: An innovative approach in the fight against counterfeit medicines.
Elena D'Angelo, Project Officer, Emerging Crimes Unit, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
16.00 The role and activities of the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency in fighting counterfeit medicines
Leonardo Stillavato, Head of the Inspections and Antifraud assets Unit, Turin Customs Office
16.20 Cyber Intelligence in counteracting counterfeit medicines and illegal online pharmacies: the five-years experience of the CONVEY-AIFA collaboration.
Giuseppe Provera, Administrator at Convey Intelligence & Knowledge S.r.l., Member of the Consultive Internet Commission – Anticounterfeiting National Council (CNAC)
16.40 Technologies against the counterfeiting of medicines and medical devices
Eli Guastalla, Nano 4 U AG. Advisory Board Member
Moderator: Mariangela Ravasegna, Head of the Industrial Property Unit, PATLIB Centre, Turin Chamber of Commerce