MSF statement on resumption of EU-India FTA negotiations

MSF statement on resumption of EU-India FTA negotiations

April 11, 2018

Officials from the European Union (EU) and India are expected to meet in Brussels on April 12th to resume technical talks on the long-stalled EU-India free trade agreement (FTA).  A leaked draft of the agreement, which has been under discussion since 2007, contains proposals from the EU that pushfor intellectual property (IP) provisions in the FTA that exceed what is required by the World Trade Organization.  Since 2010, MSF has expressed concerns about the detrimental effects that these proposed provisions could have on the sustainable supply of quality assured generic medicines from India, of which the country is a major supplier. For more information, please see MSF’s letter to the European Commissioner stating our concerns about the EU-India FTA and its impact on access to medicines: 


Statement from Els Torreele, Executive Director, MSF Access Campaign: 

“The World Trade Organization’s intellectual property rules often stand in the way of MSF’s ability to have access to the medical innovations needed for our programs in an affordable way, from safer and more easy-to-use antiretroviral medicines for HIV, to new drugs that improve treatment outcomes for drug-resistant tuberculosis, the recent breakthrough cures for hepatitis C, and new lifesaving vaccines that protect kids from pneumonia. Given our past experiences, we remain concerned that the EU-India trade agreement will be used as a platform to push for excessive intellectual property measures that will further jeopardize India’s ability to produce and supply affordable generic products.

Spiraling drug prices prevent people the world over from accessing the lifesaving medicines they need, causing preventable misery and deaths, and impacting governments’ abilities to effectively address global public health challenges.  We call on the EU to live up to its commitment to prioritize public health interests by removing and rejecting harmful intellectual property rules that will put millions of lives at risk.” 

For more info, please contact:

Shailly Gupta
MSF Access Campaign, Geneva
M: +41 79 203 13 02

Neha Saluja
MSF Access Campaign, Delhi
M: +91-9891793615




About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign

In 1999, in the wake of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, MSF launched the Access Campaign. Its purpose has been to push for access to, and the development of life-saving and life prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for patients in MSF programmes and beyond.

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