With the implementation deadline for the updated MedTech Code of Ethical Business Practice less than 1 month away, IMSTA hosted a Breakfast Briefing to inform members of the two major changes which they should be aware of. Melanie Robertson (Siemens Healthineers), Chairperson of the Code of Ethics Group, kindly updated members of the following changes:
- Stopping Direct Sponsorship to Healthcare Practitioners (HCPs). As of January 1, 2018, it will no longer be allowed for companies to provide direct financial support to individual HCPs to attend either local or international Third Party Organised Events (e.g. congresses). Instead, support can be offered through Educational Grants provided to Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) or Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs). The message here was very clear that Education Grants can only be provided to Healthcare Organisations or PCOs, and member companies cannot themselves select the person who should be the recipient of this Grant. They can however suggest a specific area of expertise who should benefit from the Grant.
- Public disclosure by Member Companies of their Educational Grants: as of January 1, 2018, companies providing Educational Grants to HCOs will be publicly disclosing the aggregated amount of all Educational Grants, provided to HCOs over the year of 2017, on the Transparent MedTech system. The disclosure deadline is 30 June 2018, for publication in August.
IMSTA Members can avail of templates etc which are available on the Med Tech Europe website by following the link here. Melanie also included some useful information which should assist the smooth adaption of the changes in her slide presentation available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org. This included information on how to navigate the MedTech Europe Conference Vetting System (CVS). This Conference Vetting System is an independently managed system that reviews the compliance of third-party educational conferences with the MTE Code of Ethical Business Practice, based on clear and objective criteria. For more information on this please see Med Tech Europe link above.
If any member would like more information or have any comments to make on the changes to the Code of Ethical Business Practice, please email email@example.com .