The International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association is a non-profit membership organisation focusing on congress management. It works to improve the standards and protocols within the industry and offers a range of services to member companies, for example training, code of conduct and guidelines.
Membership of the Association is open to internationally active healthcare companies engaged in medical congresses. All member companies must maintain a permanent healthcare-oriented research programme.
IPCAA represents in excess of 21 healthcare companies from around the world with its Code of Conduct and Guidelines seen as the basis for interactions between medical societies, congress organisers and the Healthcare Industry.
IPCAA affairs are managed by a Council appointed from within the membership. Official officers are: two Co-Presidents
, Vice President, Past President and Treasurer. There is also a Legal Advisor.
Support for the day to day running of the Association, as well as for formulation of strategic policy etc is provided by the Executive Officer and the Executive Director on a consultancy basis.
Interaction within the meetings industry
- IPCAA is a member of the Healthcare Congress Alliance (HCA), together with HCEA and IAPCO). This provides an excellent consolidated overview on the running of medical congresses worldwide.
- Representatives of the Association meet regularly with leading meetings industry players, such as AIPC, IAPCO, ICCA, regulatory bodies such as EFPIA, IFPMA, CME authorities such as UEMS and others, often presenting details and views on behalf of the healthcare meetings sponsor viewpoint at meetings of these other associations.
- IPCAA is a contributor to educational/information events arranged by other bodies from within the meetings industry