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November 6, 2014
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UK: What Causes Planners the Most Headaches? Compliance




floyd widenerCompliance is set to be the issue most likely to keep planners awake at night in 2015, according to CWT Meetings & Events' 2015 Meetings & Events Forecast, which predicts that meeting the increasingly stringent guidelines for medical meetings will remain top of the agenda next year.

Companies "consolidating their programmes and seeking additional transparency across multiple geographies" are set to make it their number one focus, says the report. New regulations in the pharmaceutical industry in 2015, including the Sunshine Act in the US, designed to create greater transparency around the financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and health care providers, will mean significant impact on the sector's regulation. 

Floyd Widener, senior vice president, CWT Meetings & Events worldwide, said: “This is the third edition of our meetings and events forecast, and it’s interesting to see the renewed focus on compliance in our industry. With 2015 on the horizon, the forecast provides valuable insight for our clients to refer to in upcoming budgeting and negotiations, whether they're focused on meetings, events or strategic meetings management.”

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