Article 23(5)(f) of the Convention provides that the FCTC shall:
“…establish such subsidiary bodies as are necessary to achieve the objective of the Convention.”
At the Second Session in July 2007, the Conference of the Parties (COP) decided to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) open to all Parties to draft and negotiate a protocol on illicit trade in tobacco products which will build upon and complement the provisions of Article 15 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The INB held its first session in Geneva in February 2008, followed by its second session in October 2008, its third session in June 2009 and its fourth session in March 2010.
At the Fourth Session of the COP, it was decided that negotiations on a protocol should continue at a final session of the INB to be held in 2012, and that an informal working group, composed of representatives of regional groups of Parties, will work in 2011 to facilitate negotiations at the final session of the INB.