A joint effort to protect public health

Project Partners

The Italian Medicines Agency – AIFA is a public body operating according to the principles of autonomy, transparency and efficiency, under the direction of the Ministry of Health and the supervision of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy. AIFA cooperates with the Regions, the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), Scientific Institutes for Research, Hospitalisation and Health Care, patient associations, physicians and learned societies, the world of production and distribution. AIFA operates independently, transparently and efficiently, under the guidance and supervision of the Ministry of Health and under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in conjunction with the Regions – in particular through the Permanent Conference between State, Autonomous Regions and Provinces – the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Scientific Institutes for Research, Hospitalisation and Healthcare, Patient Associations, Practitioners, Scientific Societies, the production and distribution system.


Transcrime is the Joint research centre on transnational crime of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna and the Università degli Studi di Perugia. The centre, directed by Professor Ernesto Ugo Savona, is based in Milan and has a staff of about 30 people. Transcrime is entirely funded by contracts and funding from private corporations and local, national and international public institutions. Transcrime is also a key supporting body of the education activities provided by the Università Cattolica of Milan. In particular, the centre supports the coordination of the Master’s degree in Public Policies – curriculum Security Policies (PoliSi) and the International Ph.D. in Criminology.


Crime&tech srl is the spin-off company of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Transcrime. Crime&tech translates the research of Transcrime into analyses, models and tools to assess, prevent and reduce security and crime risks.


SAFE, Security and Freedom for Europe, is a no-profit association specialised in the design and implementation of EU-funded projects in the area of security, defence, peace, stability and fundamental rights. Amongst the services it provides feature, the provision of training and equipment, top-level policy advice, technical competence from experienced practitioners, effective project management and innovative monitoring and evaluation. Within the MEDI-THEFT project SAFE handles project management and communication, acting also as a contact point among Partners of the Consortium.

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The Italian Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) (State Mint and Polygraphic Institute), founded in 1928, is situated at the via Salaria 691 in Rome. As well as producing coins, passports, and postage stamps for Italy, it serves the micro-states of the Vatican City, San Marino, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It also publishes books under the imprint Libreria dello Stato. In 2002, IPZS became a public limited company (società per azioni or SpA) with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze) as sole shareholder.
Thanks to the production of drug traceable labels, the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato supports the Italian institutions in fighting medicine counterfeiting. It stands out as a reference point and a major partner of public administration in the implementation of safety measures to increase public health protection.


Affordable Medicines Europe represents Europe’s licensed parallel distribution industry, an integral part of the European pharmaceutical market that adds value to society by introducing price competition – especially for patented medicines – and a supplementary layer of product safety. In this its members work everyday to make medicines more affordable for European healthcare systems and patients. The industry has an annual turnover of 5.5 billion Euro. There are more than 120 companies in 23 EU/EEA Member States as members. These members account for approximately 80% of the total parallel import market volume in the EU/EEA. Membership of Affordable Medicines Europe is exclusive to companies holding a wholesale (GDP) license (export and import). All importing members furthermore are GMP licensed. Affordable Medicines Europe is managed from Brussels by its Secretariat.


Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia was founded by the Law on Medicines and Medical Devices (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No. 84/04 and 85/05 – another law). Acting Director of the Agency is Sasa Jacovic, M.D.sp. Its mission is to contribute to the accomplishment of the basic human right for quality, efficacious and safe medicines and medical devices accessibility as well as to promote and enhance public and animal health through issuing marketing authorizations of solely quality, safe and efficacious medicinal products and medical devices, providing adequate information in order to ensure a safe and rational use of such medicinal products and medical devices, and quality control of medicinal products and medical devices which is in full compliance with all the national and international laws and standards.


The mission of the Institute is to perform its stipulated competencies in a professional and competent manner and to continuously maintain partnerships with its clients, as well as national and international regulatory associates. Through its professional and responsible work, the Institute strives to guarantee that there are quality, safe and efficient medicines and medical devices on the Montenegrin market, and encourages rational use by the health professionals and patients. The most important goal of the Institute’s work is to reliably provide the highest level of public health protection and high quality patient health care, orderliness and development of the pharmaceutical market, as well as to support the growth of the Montenegrin economy and raising competitiveness, thus encouraging employment and maintaining living standards. By implementing and ensuring the application of European legislation and standards, the Institute creates conditions suitable for the development of the market of medicines and medical devices and the growth of the Montenegrin economy as a whole.


The Carabinieri Corps is the largest Italian Police Force, counting on 105.000 officers. In its dual role as a Police and Armed Force, the Carabinieri Corps is responsible to carry out a wide range of police and military tasks and is ever present in the lives of the citizens, from the largest city in Italy to the faraway village. Highly experienced in investigations involving the theft of medicines, they participate through their health protection and counterfeit unit. Since January 2017, the ‘Nucleo Carabinieri AIFA’ was established at the AIFA (Italian Medicines Agency), which is directly dependent on the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Health, for supervision and control tasks in the pharmaceutical sector and info-operative osmosis with institutional bodies, territorial NAS and with the other branches of the Corps.