Eucomed launches European medtech conference vetting system
28 March 2012
Brussels. The independent Compliance Panel of Eucomed, the
European medical technology industry association, has launched an online
conference vetting system to review and approve third-party educational
conferences in accordance with the Eucomed Code of Ethical Business
The system is accepting conference vetting submissions from the
Eucomed membership (corporate members, national industry
associations, associate members) and conference organisers. Visitors
will find details on the criteria which will be used to assess
conferences as well as the role of the Compliance Officer who
manages the system and reports to the independent Compliance Panel.
The platform’s calendar tool provides users with an overview of
upcoming conferences along with the results of the assessments.
The sponsorship by industry of medical education conferences is
fundamental to the relationship between healthcare professionals and
the medical technology industry and is a driver of the dialogue and
innovation that improve patient access to the latest technology.
Under the Eucomed Code of Ethical Business Practice, Eucomed's
corporate members and members of national industry associations may
sponsor third-party educational conferences provided that the
conferences comply with the Eucomed Code. It is critical that
sponsoring is conducted in the most ethical, consistent and
The conference vetting system will serve as a centralised
decision-making mechanism, aimed at encouraging transparency and
consistency in European conference compliance determinations and
alleviating the complex administrative burden previously faced by
Eucomed members who were forced to make their own determinations.
The system assesses conferences in the geographic area covered by
Eucomed’s members and associate members (currently the European
Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey
and the Middle East).
“We are extremely pleased to launch the pilot phase of the
conference vetting system which will ultimately become the first
compulsory system of its kind”, says Compliance Panel Chairman John
McLoughlin. “Before we finalise the system, we are launching it in a
pilot phase which is expected to last six months. We will use this
time to review the system’s practical aspects in order to ensure
optimal efficiency and ease of use.
"At the end of the pilot, we expect to go forward with the
vetting system as a permanent structure, at which time assessments
will no longer be recommendations, but binding decisions applicable
to all Eucomed Corporate Members and members of National Industry
Associations. We may also open the system to additional interested
parties and extend our geographic scope.”
The conference vetting platform is available at:
EthicalMedTech is a platform dedicated to ethics and compliance
projects in the European MedTech industry and is supported by
Eucomed, the European medical technology industry association.
EthicalMedTech currently focuses on the conference vetting system
established in 2012. This independent system reviews the compliance
of third-party educational conferences with the Eucomed Code of
Ethical Business Practice.