FTPL support ratification of December 6 Decision but reiterate need for urgent reform of national laws

On 23 November 2015, the Fix the Patent Laws coalition sent a letter to Members of Parliament considering the ratification of the December 6 Decision on Doha on TRIPS. In the letter the coalition noted that they supported the ratification of the December 6 Decision by South Africa – but noted that

“While the FTPL coalition supports the ratification of the December 6 Decision, we stress that its ratification and formal adoption by WTO member countries is not a pre-requisite for the full adoption of TRIPS safeguards to protect health in South Africa… [further] we re-iterate that this ratification alone will not improve access to affordable medicines for people living in South Africa and that reform of the country’s intellectual property laws to fully adopt TRIPS safeguards must remain an urgent priority both for the DTI and Members of Parliament.”

No decision was taken by Members of Parliament on the ratification of the December 6 Decision as the proceedings were interrupted by striking parliamentary workers.

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