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November 27, 2017

Americas: New European and Asia-Pacific Ethical Codes to Hit Home

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Are you ready for the new medical education sponsorship ethical codes MedTech Europe and the Asia-Pacific Technology Association, or APACMed, are instituting? While these trade organizations serve medical technology and medical device companies and associations in Europe/the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, respectively, they are going to affect medical meetings worldwide. As Thomas Sullivan, president and founder of Rockpointe Corp. said during a recent MeetingsNet webinar, “This is one of the most important things you're going to have to know about in the coming year, especially if you run a large annual meeting.”

Where They’re Coming From
Panelist Patricia Andrade, vice president of marketing, communications, and community relations with ABTS Convention Services, explained that MedTech Europe was created via a joint venture between the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association, which serves the European diagnostic industry, and Eucomed, which represents the European medical-device industry. APACMed, founded just three years ago, serves medical equipment, device, and in-vitro diagnostic manufacturers and suppliers throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Both have been busy over the past several years developing ethical codes to govern their members’ sponsorship of medical education into the future.

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