These Guidelines help clarify some areas of congress organisation in view of the regulatory constraints experienced by potential congress sponsors from the pharmaceutical industry
The document serves to provide organisers with information on various aspects of congresses, particularly in the light of industry codes relating to hospitality aspects.
Essentially, all activities at medical meetings should be undertaken with regard to relevant regulatory and compliance frameworks currently in force. IPCAA’s comments are based on the IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations) and EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) Codes and their latest revisions, but care should always be taken to check national and other relevant applicable codes. If national laws and/or codes are more restrictive they always prevail.
This formal document of IPCAA now appears in a seventh edition as amended in January 2017, and we hope the contents will continue to prove useful to everyone engaged in the organisation of medical congresses.