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July 16, 2018

Americas: International Device Company Ethical Codes Affect U.S. Meeting Attendance

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Just as the tide comes in and rolls out, international attendance at U.S. medical meetings also ebbs and flows. This year, conferences with emphasis on surgical and interventional procedures have seen a decline. Where is this coming from and what can we do to stem the tide?

In January of 2018 the medical device and imaging company trade associations of China, Asia, and Europe, inaugurated codes stating that, beginning this year, member companies would no longer sponsor direct travel expenses and registration for healthcare providers traveling to congresses. Instead, companies can provide sponsorship funding to third parties—including associations—that can, in turn, sponsor healthcare provider travel. The purpose is to ensure that the participation of international physicians at U.S. medical meetings is no longer influenced by medical device companies.

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