2013 Food policy Tobacco control Other Health-related issues

Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Recommendation #16, par. 57 (2013)

Text of the recommendation

57. States are also required to implement and enforce internationally agreed standards concerning children’s rights, health and business, including the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions. The Committee is aware that the activities and operations of the pharmaceutical sector can have a profound impact on the health of children. Pharmaceutical companies should be encouraged to improve the access, availability, acceptability and quality of medicines for children taking into consideration existing guidance. Furthermore, intellectual property rights should be applied in ways that promote the affordability of medicines.


Committee on the Rights of the Child, General comment No. 16 - State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children’s rights, CRC/C/GC/16, (2013). III.) Par. 57. Available at: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC%2fC%2fGC%2f16&Lang=en