12 Aug 2008
Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3
In November 2008, the Conference of the Parties’ (COP) third session in Durban, South Africa adopted guidelines for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The guidelines are for the protection of public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry [decision FCTC/COP3(7)].
Work from past meetings
The COP recognized the need for guidelines on Article 5.3 at its first session (Geneva , Switzerland , 6-17 February 2006).
At its second session (Bangkok , Thailand , 30 June – 6 July 2007 ), the COP decided to establish a working group to elaborate guidelines on Article 5.3. The working group comprised parties from all six WHO regions, led by Brazil , Ecuador , the Netherlands , Palau and Thailand as key facilitators. Civil society experts nominated by the Framework Convention Alliance participated as observers.
The group held one full meeting (The Hague, Netherlands , 12-14 December 2007), and a second meeting of a smaller drafting group (Brasilia , Brazil, 3-4 March 2008).The draft guidelines developed by the group were presented to the third session of the COP.