Today’s landscape of compliance in healthcare is complex to navigate. The influence of different factors, such as tightened budgets, public scrutiny, industry’s reputation challenges, the rising cost of healthcare, reinforcement of laws and codices and lack of transparency has led to a significant review of certain activities in the field.
So, what is new in the world of compliance regulations?
In effect since January 2019, IFPMA puts trust at the centre of its ethos. This is a fundamental change of approach as it turns codes from being rule-based to being value-based. IFPMA also modified the complaint procedures, introduced a total ban of gifts - excluding some extent scientific educational material or OTC samples - and added a note for guidance on services' fees.
And what about the sponsorship of meetings and events? The following areas have been verbalized and emphasised again:
The choice of the location should minimise travel and consider security.
Exhibition areas should only be accessible to the intended audience.
Leisure activities – are they sponsored or self-funded?
Are there any references to personal services provided to attendees?
For more information, please refer to: https://www.ifpma.org/subtopics/new-ifpma-code-of-practice-2019/
With the objective to align & promote the common understanding of the Code by stakeholders and general public, EFPIA took the decision to consolidate the 3 EFPIA codes into one simplified version, aiming to improve adherence even further. Here is a non-exhaustive list of introduced changes:
These provisions will be submitted to the General assembly in June 2019 for member association’s transposition in 2020 and implementation in 2021.
For more information, please refer to: https://www.efpia.eu/.
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Industry’s and Associations’ view on self-regulatory codes often diverge: the former sees it as day to day work, while the latter wonders whether there are any improvements to the quality of educational programmes thanks to codex application.
If you plan meetings or congresses for your clients in the Healthcare sector, here is our suggested methodology to apply codes developed with our partners at 3Sixty Event Consulting and Healthcare-Venues.com. Our methodologies strip away the complexity of the code to support the creation of compliant meetings and events.
Assess (audit): assess the request and think: which codes are applicable to this case?
Verify: verify each likely non-compliant point against the codes;
Escalate: is there a need to turn to internal or external experts for support?
Action: advice on how to proceed and log-in the compliance log.
And what is even more important ….
See the big picture: it’s not about the meal cap – it is about perception and transparency and ethical conduct.
Familiarise yourself with compliance: become an ambassador and a multiplier. After all, compliance is part of your daily job.
Be the glue: become the connector between your association and corporate clients by creating an environment that fosters P2P discussions. And don’t forget to create a common ground through processes and guidelines.
If done right and with awareness, your knowledge in compliance becomes an added value for all the stakeholders involved, creating collaborative discussions and moving away from regulatory topics towards active communication.