Medical Criminal Law

Due to the nature of their work physicians run the risk of facing criminal accusations of medical malpractice, incorrect advice and organisational errors. Investigations into suspected causing bodily harm through negligence, involuntary manslaughter and the failure to render assistance are still common, as criminal proceedings are often used to pave the way for civil claims of damages and compensation. An increased risk of criminal liability can also arise from practices such as organ removal and abortion.

Pharmaceutical crimes / doping

Both the manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceuticals are subject to close regulation and constant changes in law. Many practices which would formerly have been prosecuted as mere administrative offences are now punishable under criminal law. These include in particular polluted pharmaceuticals, prescription drugs and medical products.