Best practices


Mary Assunta, Good Country Practices in the Implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its Guidelines PDF 623kb

This report provides a selection of advanced practices in implementing Article 5.3. It draws from a variety of Parties’ experiences, including those recommended in the guidelines. While some Parties have taken a whole-of-government approach, which is the ideal, others have adopted measures to protect the ministry/department of health from interference by the tobacco industry as a first step. Others have introduced policies on certain measures recommended in the guidelines, such as transparency. This report also provides examples of the denormalization of the tobacco industry.

Ireland Department of Health’s letter on obligation under WHO FCTC Article 5.3

Ireland’s Minister of Health has issued a letter to promote the obligations under the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 to the Taoiseach (equivalent to the Head of Government in Ireland) and the Minister of Defence. The letter includes the following elements – strict conditions under which to meet with the industry, rejection of any partnership with the tobacco industry, avoiding conflict of interest and not granting preferential treatment to the industry. The letter applies to all public officials. This is the outstanding practice of raising awareness on Article 5.3 to the whole of government. (pdf 175kb)

United Kingdom’s revised guidelines for overseas posts on support to the tobacco industry, December 2013

The Department of Health (DH) have decided to be more prescriptive in relation to the provision of support to the tobacco industry, to ensure any such support is consistent with the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Government takes very seriously its obligations as a Party to the (FCTC). This includes the treaty commitment at Article 5.3 to protect public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Posts should limit interactions with the tobacco industry, including any person or organisation that is likely to be working to further the interests of the tobacco industry. In the event that interactions with the tobacco industry are necessary, these should be conducted with maximum transparency to demonstrate our compliance with the FCTC.

Posts must not:

  • Be involved in activities with the specific purpose of promoting the sale of tobacco or tobacco related products (including promotional goods);
  • Encourage investment in the tobacco industry, or provide any assistance in helping tobacco companies influence non-discriminatory local business policies to their advantage (e.g.: taxation, plain/standardised packaging, etc);
  • Accept any direct or indirect funding from the tobacco industry;

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Regulation of Department of Disease Control Re: How to Contact Tobacco Entrepreneurs and Related Persons B.E. 2553 (2010), December 17, 2010,

CSC-DOH JMC 2010-01: Protection of the Bureaucracy against Tobacco Industry Interference,” CIVIL SERVICE GUIDE: A Compilation of Issuances on Philippine Civil Service,

Model policy for agencies of the United Nations system on preventing tobacco industry interference,

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Red Cross Red Crescent non-engagement with tobacco companies: Internal guidance brief, June 2015,

UNDP, Policy on due diligence and partnerships with the private sector, 2013,