The Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee and the Association of Pharmaceutical Sales signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday to intensify joint efforts to prevent fake medicines and cosmetic products from being sold within the Kingdom.
The signing ceremony at the Interior Ministry was attended by 500 people, including ministry officials, representatives of relevant institutions and private companies and association members.
Speaking during the event, Lieutenant General Meach Sophana, CCCC president, said that health is very important, with Prime Minister Hun Sen always paying close attention to the public’s health.
He added the CCCC will destroy more than 10 tonnes of fake products and medicines at some point in the middle of this year in Kampong Thom province, where they were seized in crackdowns last year.
“We will also destroy more than 100 tonnes of fake products and medicines in Phnom Penh next month,” Mr Sophana said, noting that several people suspected of producing or selling fake products were arrested and sent to court.
“The Ministry of Health is actively working with us. The public has to be careful about buying products, especially those sold online because they do not know whether the products are genuine or are fakes which could harm their health,” he added.
Association president Ley Sopheap said at the event that the collaboration with the CCCC to curb the sale of counterfeit products will not only benefit consumers but also protect the copyrights of legitimate investors and businesses in the Kingdom.
“We are ready to closely cooperate with the CCCC to crack down on those producing, importing or selling counterfeit products and to educate the public on how to spot fake products,” he said.
According to a CCCC report, crackdowns last year uncovered 20 cases of counterfeit products being sold in the Kingdom. It said the items were mainly medicines, poor quality foodstuff and cosmetics containing toxic chemicals.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered the CCCC, which comes under the Ministry, to crack down harder on those caught distributing counterfeit items.
Speaking at an event last year, where 70 tonnes of fake goods were destroyed, he said that the counterfeit industry isn’t just a national issue.
“The Kingdom’s reputation is spoiled when foreigners and investors visit Cambodia and buy goods only to find out later that they are fakes,” Mr Kheng said. “We must find the suppliers and arrest them.”