Briefing: Trading Away Health – The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement is being negotiated in secret, without input from public health stakeholders. A leaked draft of the negotiating text has revealed some proposed provisions that could undermine access to price-lowering, generic medicines, and thus, life-saving treatment to millions of people in the developing world.

As a medical humanitarian organisation working in nearly 70 countries, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned that demands for intellectual property provisions in the intellectual property and investment chapters could potentially challenge a government’s capacity to initiate and execute policies to protect public health and ensure affordable access to medicines for all, in particular in developing countries where most of MSF’s operations are based.

Trading Away Health Brief Document

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