The MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice which came into force on 1 January 2017 regulates all aspects of the MedTech industry’s relationships with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and Healthcare Organisations (HCOs).
One important change introduced by the Code which became applicable on 1 January 2018 is the discontinuation of direct sponsorship of HCPs. As of that date, independent medical education can be supported exclusively by means of Educational Grants. Such Educational Grants can be provided to Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) or to Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs).
In order to allow these organisations to demonstrate to industry partners their commitment to the ethical standards included in Code, MedTech Europe set up the Ethical Charter, which is a voluntary certification initiative.
Please note that applications to the Ethical Charter process are limited to Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) and Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs) as defined by the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice. Travel agencies are excluded from the scope of application. Therefore, applications to the Ethical Charter initiative from travel agencies will not be considered.
Please see the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice for complete definitions of these terms and further information.
Upon completion of a three-step process, the Ethical Charter provides to HCOs and PCOs a Trusted Partner logo valid for renewable periods of two years. Acquisition of the logo grants a presumption of compliance, on which Events Organisers can capitalise to negotiate educational grants with their industry partners.
It is important to note that all Events still need to be assessed under the Conference Vetting System.
In practice, the Ethical Charter entails the following key features:
- Expression of interest: Online form to be submitted by applicant organisations (PCOs/HCOs) interested in signing up to the Ethical Charter;
- Training webinar: An online educational video to be reviewed by PCOs/HCOs’ selected staff members of applicant organisations to acquire a good understanding of the MedTech Europe Code;
- Self-assessment: PCOs/HCOs’ selected staff members are invited to proceed to an online test, in order to evaluate their understanding of the Code;
- Ethical Charter: Commitment from PCOs/HCOs under the form of the Ethical Charter Agreement signed by the CEO/Legal representative of the applicant organisation (PCOs/HCOs). The Ethical Charter agreements provides a license to use the Trusted Partner logo and entails all necessary terms and conditions.