COCIR reports on International Medical Device Industry Compliance
17 May 2012
COCIR, the trade association for the European radiological,
electromedical and healthcare IT Industry has reported on its
participation at the 2012 International Medical Device Industry
Compliance Conference held in Stockholm on May 9-11.
COCIR participated in focused panel discussions on current global
compliance issues confronting the medical device and diagnostics
This year’s conference agenda featured a variety of sessions and
roundtables to address, amongst others, global anticorruption trends
and risk management and transparency.
Anticorruption is high on the agenda of governments everywhere in
the world and transparency/Sunshine Acts (i.e. the reporting of
payments by the industry to healthcare professionals) is rapidly
gaining ground in Europe and elsewhere (for example, Russia, Korea,
Poland, Japan and Slovakia).
All conference attendees shared the view that compliance should
focus less on fear of enforcement and high penalties and place more
emphasis on doing the right thing in the interest of society,
employees, customers and patients.
Representatives of healthcare professional associations expressed
their desire to enter into a dialogue with industry associations on
the subject of compliance and this presents an excellent opportunity
for COCIR to respond to such invitations.
Meanwhile, COCIR has published a complete edition of its pan
European Code of Conduct. The compact booklet, also available
online, brings together all the elements necessary for the effective
implementation of the Code of Conduct. Conference attendees were
keen to learn more about the COCIR Code and the Code of Conduct
booklet was widely distributed and met with a positive response.
Nicole Denjoy, COCIR Secretary General said, “This complete
edition of the COCIR Code of Conduct will facilitate better
implementation and support the further actions that are planned to
enhance the COCIR Code both in Europe and worldwide”.
The pan European Code of Conduct is available at: