The FCTC Protocol on Eliminating Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
At the second session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s (FCTC) Conference of the Parties (COP), in July 2007, the Parties 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 FCTC.
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 held in 2012, and that an informal working group, composed of representatives of regional groups of Parties, would work during 2011 to facilitate negotiations at the final session of the INB.
The South African Minister of Health signed the Protocol on 11 January 2013 in Geneva. South Africa was one of the first countries to sign the protocol, but it has yet to be ratified by the South African Parliament.