The Ethical Charter initiative is not to be confused with the Conference Vetting System.
The MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice regulates all aspects of the Medical Technology industry’s relationships with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and Healthcare Organisations (HCOs).
One important aspect of the MTE Code allows for independent medical education to be supported exclusively through Educational Grants that can be provided to Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) or to Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs).
On a voluntary basis, these organisations may wish to demonstrate to industry partners their commitment to the ethical standards outlined in the industry Code. This is why MedTech Europe designed the Ethical Charter: a voluntary certification initiative to the attention of HCOs and PCOs, to be renewed actively every two years.
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. It is important to note that all Events still need to be assessed under the Conference Vetting System.
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.
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, valid for two years. To renew the ethical charter, the process must be restarted after the certificate expired.