Category Archives: International

HCEA To Host Webinar on New International Ethics Rules

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) will present a webinar entitled: “Preparing for the 2018 Ethical MeDTECH, APACMed and China Codes Impact on International Attendee Participation at US Meetings.” As we have previously written about, beginning January 1, 2018, medical device companies in various regions of the world will […]

ACCME Introduces Guidance for CME Providers on MEDTECH, APACMed and China Codes

Recently, MedTech Europe, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), and the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) introduced changes to their respective codes of conduct relating to professional development activities, including continuing medical education (CME). As such, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has offered guidance for CME providers with respect to the changes.   Starting in 2018, […]

MedTech Europe Changes Ethical Code

MedTech Europe represents the medical technology industries as a joint venture between EDMA and Eucomed and promotes a balanced policy environment that helps the medical technology industry meet Europe’s growing healthcare needs and expectations. In 2015, MedTech Europe implemented a revised version of the 2008 Code of Ethical Business Practice to regulate interactions between members […]

New Canadian CME Standards for Commercial Support

  Canada has created new standards for industry involvement with accredited CME programs. Three professional organizations, including the College of Family Physicians of Canada and its counterpart for surgeons, have been responsible for sanctioning educational events for doctors in Canada. Previously, each organization was responsible for its own ethical standards on CME events, which resulted […]

The College of Family Physicians of Canada and Commercial Support for CME

  Once again, the fact that the pharmaceutical industry helps financially support continuing medical education programs is in the spotlight. This time, the spotlight focuses on the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), where a small group of physicians are reiterating all of the partially misleading, and somewhat nonsensical, sound bites we have heard […]

EDMA and Eucomed Adopt Code of Business Practice Brings Changes to Medical Congresses

  Members of both the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA) and the European Medical Technology Industry (Eucomed) approved a new Code of Ethical Business Practice. Both associations are members of MedTech Europe who are working to set high ethical standards for the medical technology industry all throughout Europe. This new Code will replace the EDMA […]

International CME: MedTech Europe Calls For Phasing Out Direct Sponsorship Of Conference Attendees; Will Introduce Stricter Rules For Indirect CME Sponsorship

On October 15, 2014, MedTech Europe, an alliance between the European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association (EDMA) and the Board of the European Medical Technology Industry Association (Eucomed), recommended that their member companies phase out “direct sponsorship” of healthcare professionals to third party organized conferences. The European equivalent to AdvaMed also called for “stricter rules for indirect […]

International Conferences: Pharmaceutical Codes Restricting Direct Payments and Travel

  Today we posted an article on Europe’s medtech association’s recommendation that companies phase out direct sponsorship of conference attendees. The European pharmaceutical association EFPIA has not instituted such a ban, opting instead for a Disclosure Code that parallels many attributes of the U.S. Physician Payments Sunshine Act. While EFPIA went the transparency route, a […]

Global Database on CME Meetings and Providers

MedMeme LLC, a global leader in providing comprehensive integrated medical and scientific information database platforms to the top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies recently launched its new MEPmemeTM (MEP) database that offers the latest information on medical education providers, according to a press release from the company. “This robust product will help pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals […]

Continuing Medical Education Courses Decreased Antibiotic Use in Italy

Inappropriate and unnecessary antibiotic prescribing has contributed greatly to a worldwide problem of antimicrobial resistance. Prescribing practices vary widely. In Europe, for example, frequency of antibiotic prescribing differs threefold between countries with the highest and lowest antibiotic use. A similar disparity has been documented in northern and southern regions of Italy. Italy has one of […]

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