On the occasion of the Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy being held in Paris from 2-3 February 2011, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya, welcomed the growing interest being shown in the WCO's new tool to combat counterfeiting and piracy. The new tool, known as Interface Public-Members (IPM), was launched by the WCO after signing the Cotonou Declaration (a Chirac Foundation initiative to ensure access to safe medicine in Africa) in June 2010 as a symbolic gesture of the Customs community’s commitment to stopping the trade in fake medicines as part of a united front. IPM consists of an online database enabling Rights Holders to provide Customs field officers with real-time data on their products as well as information making it possible to distinguish between “genuine” and “fake” goods. Customs field officers can access this information and training tool, free of charge, anywhere in the world via simple and secure user interfaces in their own language.

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