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applications to manage for each group. Med Tech guidelines
do not include national and European regulations, so HCOs
will additionally be responsible for making sure that grants
abide by those laws as well.
ABTS fears these additional tasks could overwhelm the
medical-device industry and hinder attendance. They estimate that five to 40 percent of ABTS’s international capture
at certain events will be affected, and many HCOs aren’t even
aware of what the new code means for them. “We are concerned that there is going to be a decrease [in attendance] if
there is no action taken,” Andrade said.
This past July 4, Med Tech launched its Ethical Charter
initiative in an effort to create “trusted partners,” meaning
PCOs who will be trained on the details of the code and will
be able to organize educational events based on the new
standards without compromising attendance.
How will this affect the
rest of the world?
The new code initially will affect international meetings
that host delegates sponsored by Med Tech Europe member
companies, and those parameters are likely to expand in the
future. Med Tech is interested in enacting similar guidelines
around the world, according to ABTS. “They have already
talked and are in contact with medical-technology associations in Latin America, in Asia, and in the Middle East to roll
this out region by region,” Andrade said. “This might soon
be something that is a requirement everywhere in the world,
because in the end these medical associations — they’re
worldwide organizations.” .
Casey Gale is associate editor of Convene.
‘We are concerned that there is going to be a
decrease if there is no action taken.’
‘ The medical-device