The Protocol was open for signature from 10 January 2013 until 9 January 2014. When it was closed for signature, the Protocol had been signed by 53 States and the European Union.
The Protocol is open for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by States and to formal confirmation or accession by regional economic integration organizations that are Party to the WHO FCTC (Article 44). The Protocol will enter into force on the 90th day following the date of deposit of the 40th instrument with the Depositary (Article 45).
In accordance with Article 33.1 of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol), the first session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) will be convened “immediately before or immediately after the next regular session of the Conference of the Parties following the entry into force of this Protocol”.
In accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the COP7 at its first meeting, COP8 is scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1–6 October 2018, and MOP1 is provisionally scheduled for 8–10 October 2018 at the same location.