Annual Seminar on Compliance


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IPCAA organises this two day conference for the purpose of enhancing the dialogue between all the major players in medical meetings.


IPCAA 5th Annual Seminar on Compliance 2016, March 7 - 9

Reputation matters!! The Value of Healthcare Compliance in Medical Education


Now, we have to be careful about making extravagant claims, especially about a compliance seminar.  However, the amount of useful information and the level of informed, interactive debate must surely have been the best yet in the already distinguished five-year history of IPCAA compliance seminars.  IPCAA worked closely with ETHICS, the Compliance Officers’ professional association, to organise a programme that combined keynote presentations from leading figures in their respective fields with plenty of time for discussion and debate when everyone got a chance to raise their issues of concern and contribute their views.  Under the seminar theme of 'Reputation matters!! The Value of Healthcare Compliance in Medical Education' almost 100 people met to tackle the big picture of the future of medical education and sought to clarify the, often still unclear, minutiae of day to day interpretation of the rules.

Three sections over a day and a half each had the same three-part format. A couple of keynote presentations to give the latest information, followed by breakout sessions where scenarios designed to stimulate debate were tackled and then an expert panel discussion with interventions from delegates actively encouraged.  Martin Hess-Janorschke (IPCAA Council Member / Roche) utilised his rather special experience as a conference organiser turned compliance officer to keep the proceedings on track and Christian-Claus Roth (IPCAA Co-President / Novartis) expertly chaired the panel sessions.  There was also a useful pre-seminar providing an ‘Introduction to healthcare compliance in meetings’ which helped several delegates prepare for the more detailed discussions in the main seminar.

There were keynote presentations from

George Fife (Ernst & Young)
Marie-Claire Pickaert (EFPIA)
Anne-Sophie Bricca (MedTechEurope)
Sue Egan (ETHICS)
José Zamarriego (Farmaindustria Spain)
Andrew Winterburn (Ashfield Meetings and Events)

The panel sessions added several more thought leaders in their respective fields to the faculty. The delegates heard significant new information and there was lively debate on several issues and frank disagreement on a one or two!  Despite hopes, the practical details of what can and can’t be provided by companies at meetings is still not fully resolved and we still haven’t totally solved the venue questions but each year we get a little nearer to understanding how regulators would make their decisions.  The new MedTechCode, which will, in effect, prohibit direct sponsorship of delegates by covered companies, was fully debated and delegates also heard about other initiatives on the horizon. There was a fascinating discussion about how medical education might look in years to come, how commercial compliance developments might affect that and who might be doing what. 

We are already looking forward to the next edition of this seminar taking place on March 29 & 30, 2017 in Copenhagen with the pre-seminar on March 28 (PM). To keep informed on program development and registration, sign up for our e-news.

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