The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Our views on global tobacco control treaty’s key issues

The World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a global treaty on tobacco control. Tobacco control measures are discussed by representatives from national governments every two years at the Conference of Parties (COP).

The FCTC came into force in 2005 and contains provisions aimed at reducing tobacco consumption and toxicity. The treaty’s articles contain benchmark standards on the production, distribution, sale, promotion and taxation of tobacco products.

To date, the FCTC has been ratified by 181 countries. These countries comprise the Conference of the Parties (COP), which serves as the governing body of the FCTC. ‘Plenary’ sessions of the COP are held biennially, where the COP makes decisions on how to strengthen tobacco control measures.

The seventh COP took place from 7-12 November 2016 in Delhi, India, and was attended by government representatives from around the world as well as members of both accredited intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The eighth COP is scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 1-6 October 2018.

We are transparent about our views regarding key issues discussed at the COP and share them publicly ahead of the conferences.

In addition, our Principles for Engagement provide clear guidance for how we share and communicate our positions with regulators, politicians and other third parties.