Entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and convening of the first session of the Meeting of the Parties



The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the first Protocol to the Convention, was adopted on 12 November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and is currently open for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by the Parties to the WHO FCTC.

To become a Party to the Protocol, instrument of ratification/accession must be deposited to the UN Treaty Section on or before 2 July 2018. Any Party to the Protocol will be invited to participate to the first session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) and enjoy its full rights. Any country that is a Party to the WHO FCTC but not yet Party to the Protocol will be invited to attend in an observer capacity.

The first session of the MOP is to be convened immediately before or after the next regular session of the COP following the entry into force of the Protocol. The Protocol will enter into force 90 days after the deposit of the 40th instrument of ratification.

The Protocol needs 40 Parties to enter into force. Ideally and for MOP1 to be held right after COP8, from 8 to 10 October 2018, the Protocol should enter into force no later than 30 September 2018.

Latest updates count 29 Parties (Including EU) with 12 to go to make Tobacco Control even more effective.