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29 October 2014

Media invitation for Global INTERPOL Conference – Ten Years of Combating Pharmaceutical Crime: Review and Prospects

LYON, France – Senior law enforcement officials will be joined by representatives from government, inter-governmental organizations and the pharmaceutical industry at the upcoming global conference – Ten Years of Combating Pharmaceutical Crime: Review and Prospects to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 19 and 20 November. The conference is organized by INTERPOL and hosted by the An Garda Siochána (the national police service of Ireland) and Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority.

During the past 10 years, we have seen increased efforts among partners at the international, regional and national levels to combat pharmaceutical crime. Within this context of heightened cooperation, INTERPOL has organized this global conference to gather all interested partners to review the progress made during the last 10 years and set the path for future activities.

The objectives of the two-day conference are to:

  • Discuss experiences, lessons learned, opportunities and constraints of international action aimed at combating pharmaceutical crime;
  • Recommend ways forward for strengthening international collaboration in this area.

Media are invited to attend the opening of the conference by Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, at 09.00 on Wednesday 19 November. This will be followed by a press conference from 10.30 to 11.00 attended by INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin; Nóirín O’Sullivan, Commissioner of An Garda Siochána; and John Lynch, Director of Compliance, Health Products Regulatory Authority.

The remainder of the conference proceedings are closed to journalists; however, interviews with police officials and delegates may be arranged during the conference upon request.

Journalists wishing to attend should apply for accreditation no later than Monday 17 November and send their request to for authorization.

Journalists without accreditation will not be granted access. Accreditation will not be given on site and all accredited media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.