Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

RCEP could limit access to medicines

27 April 2016

A draft Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intellectual Property chapter was leaked online last week and it raises concerns about access for medicines, especially in low and middle income countries.

The twelfth round of negotiations towards the agreement are currently taking place in Perth.

Dr Belinda Townsend from the Public Health Association of Australia has published a blog on the leaked chapter and its implications for access to medicines, which you can read here.

AFTINET RCEP second submission September 2015

September 2015: RCEP negotiations between Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, India and 10  ASEAN countries are now considering proposals for stronger monopolies on medicines and for foreign investor rights to sue governments over changes to domestic legislation, and aiming to finish the negotiations in 2016, AFTINET has done a second submission which addresses these issues in more detail.

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