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Published on 20 February 20, 2023 / Public Health

Tribute to Bernard Leroy, pioneer in the fight against fake medicines


Bernard Leroy, a former French magistrate and a key player in the fight against drugs and fake medicines, died on 20 February 2023 in Paris. The Brazzaville Foundation pays tribute to his commitment to public health and sends its sincere condolences to his family.

Portrait of Bernard Leroy, © La Presse de la Manche.

Mr. Leroy has been involved in the fight against drugs since the beginning of his professional career as an investigating judge in Evry in the Essonne region. In 1988, he was transferred to the United Nations in Vienna to fight against this trafficking.


From 1990 to 2010, he was in charge of the legal assistance programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Vienna. In April 2014, he was elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) at the United Nations Organisation , and re-elected in 2019. He will be elevated to the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2016 for all his commitments.


He ended his magistrate's career as a public prosecutor at the court of Versailles in the Yvelines region, and then became the director of the IRACM (Institut de recherche anticontrefaçon de médicaments), an organisation created by major pharmaceutical laboratories to fight against trafficking fake medicines.