Meals

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No specific rules
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Legislation: Not applicable. 

MA Code of Conduct

Any hospitality (food and beverages) provided by a prescription pharmaceutical company to a HCP must be moderate and reasonable as judged by local standards.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Legislation: Not applicable. 

MA Code of Conduct

In Australia – a maximum limit of AUD $120 per person (excluding GST and gratuities) per meal applies.

Prescription pharmaceutical companies should plan that any meal (food and beverages) provided in another country complies with the monetary limit set by the industry association in that country (where applicable) or, if there is no monetary limit in that country, the Australian principles apply.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

Legislation: Not applicable.

MA Code of Conduct

Other than the monetary limit (AUD $120), there are no specific restrictions on where meals can be provided.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

Legislation: Not applicable.

MA Code of Conduct

Prescription pharmaceutical companies may only provide hospitality (food and beverages) if it is secondary to the purpose of an activity.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable EUR 75 maximum per person per meal, including taxes and/or duties and gratuities
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No specific rules.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Meals may only be offered in the context of events lasting longer than six hours.

Meals can only be offered during, or immediately before and/or after the events.   

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The following limits apply:

  • EUR 40 maximum per lunch, including drinks;
  • EUR 80 maximum per dinner, including drinks;
  • EUR 20 maximum per break.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Not applicable
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No expenses incurred for meals during travel may be reimbursed.

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Statutory Laws

No specific rules. Any specifics must be assessed on the case-by-case basis.

INTERFARMA

Expenses with meals are limited to the event itself and are related solely to the invited professional, and may be extended to the days immediately before and immediately after the official agenda, in case logistics and transport issues justify such extension.

SINDUSFARMA

Members can sponsor or reimburse expenses with food of the health area professionals in national and international events, during the period of the event, which can be extended to the days immediately prior to or after the official agenda, for logistics, locomotion and transportation purposes that will justify granting this sponsorship.

ABIMIP

The payment of meals to health professionals or health area-related professionals is allowed when conducted with the objective of discussing or exchanging scientific or educational information, and must be limited to modest values and a place compatible with the exchange of information. The Associate Company’s representative must be present throughout the time reserved to the meeting.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No specific rules. Any specifics must be assessed on the case-by-case basis.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules. Any specifics must be assessed on the case-by-case basis.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules. Any specifics must be assessed on the case-by-case basis.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Occasional reasonable ‎meals / refreshments may be offered ‎to HCPs. ‎ 

The provision of ‎meals / refreshments must be ‎ancillary to the activity associated ‎with it.‎ 

Provision of reasonable meals and ‎refreshments without a business ‎discussion / meeting is unacceptable.‎ 

Under no circumstances can meals ‎and refreshments be extended to spouses / companions ‎or administrative staff.‎

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The following are recommended limits:‎

  • CAN 40 maximum for breakfast; ‎
  • CAN 40 maximum for lunch (served in office);‎
  • CAN 70 for lunch (served outside office);‎
  • CAN 70 maximum for dinner (served in office);‎
  • CAN 150 maximum for dinner (served outside office);‎

All the above limits include gratuity. CAN 115 maximum in case of evening receptions.‎

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Not applicable
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Not applicable

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Not applicable
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable A limit of around USD 80 per meal applies.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Not applicable
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No meal, including coffee breaks or snacks, may be offered during medical events organized by third parties in hospitals or clinics.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Statutory Laws and Regulations

No specific rules.

Codes of Conduct

Code of Ethics for Chinese Medical Doctors

No specific rules.

RDPAC Code

Meals should be moderate and reasonable, which should be interpreted as not more than RMB 300 per person per meal, with exceptions for rare occasions, which must be supported by appropriate approval and justification by the GM or GM-delegate(s) of the company (Article 7).

AdvaMed China Code

The meal should be incidental to the bona fide presentation of scientific, educational, or business information and provided in a manner conducive to the presentation of such information. The meal should not be part of an entertainment or recreational event. A Company may provide a meal only to HCPs who actually attend the meeting, but may not provide a meal where its representative is not present (Article VIII).

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

RDPAC Code

Member companies are allowed to cover appropriate meals and refreshments within Code limit, which is not more than RMB 300 per person per meal (Article 7).

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

AdvaMed China Code

Meals should be in a setting that is conducive to bona fide scientific, educational, or business discussions. Meals may occur at the HCP’s place of business (Article VIII).

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

AdvaMed China Code

Under no circumstances should companies provide alcohol or tobacco to HCPs (Article X).

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

RTVSS: It has no specific restriction or limitation. Nonetheless, pharmaceuticals financing meals or providing meal services that exceed three (3) minimum daily wages during a six-month period to the same recipient must be reported. 

AFIDRO'S Code of Ethics: Hospitality sponsorship may only include feeding costs of the guest, which must be moderated and reasonable, and only for the duration of the event. 

Snacks and food offered during the event must be moderate, reasonable and accessory to the main objective of the event. 

ANDI's Code of Ethics and Transparency: it sets the same standard as AFIDRO’S Code of Ethics.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

RTVSS: The giving or payment for food and beverages that exceeds three (3) minimum daily wages during a six-month period to the same recipient must be reported.

The minimum daily wage for 2020 is: COP $29,260.1 or approximately USD $8.65.

If the meal, snack, or beverage exceeds 25,95 USD (three daily minimum wages) its payment or delivery must be reported.

A limit of 20% of the total event budget apply to closing dinners.

AFIDRO'S Code of Ethics: there is no value limit, just that meals value should be moderate, reasonable and accessory to the main objective of the event.

ANDI's Code of Ethics and Transparency: there is no value limit, it follows the same standard as AFIDRO’S Code of Ethics.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

RTVSS: There is no limitation for the place that provides the meals, only their value. 

AFIDRO'S Code of Ethics: There is no place limitation standards, just that meals value should be moderate, reasonable and accessory to the main objective of the event. 

ANDI's Code of Ethics and Transparency: There are no limits on this subject, Code follows the same standard as AFIDRO’S Code of Ethics.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

RTVSS: None. 

AFIDRO'S Code of Ethics: None. 

ANDI's Code of Ethics and Transparency: None.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

The Ordinance: no specific provisions, see general rules above.

The Code: meals shall be limited to refreshments and/or meals during the event, according to Article 11.2 (1) lit.c of the Code.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The Ordinance: no specific provisions, see general rules above.

The Code: the maximum amount of costs of meals per person or per meal shall be HRK 500,00 (ca. EUR 66,00). In case of international events, the maximum value of meals set in the host country shall prevail.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

The Ordinance: no specific provisions, see general rules above.

The Code: no specific rules, see general rules above.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

The Ordinance: no specific provisions, see general rules above.

The Code: no specific rules, see general rules above.

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

All forms of hospitality offered to HCP’s must be proportionate in scope, proportionate to the professional content of the event, proportionate to the event and must be limited to the main purpose of the event.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

AIFP

All forms of hospitality offered to HCP's must be proportionate in scope, proportionate to the professional content of the event, proportionate to the event and must be limited to the main purpose of the event.

Pharmaceutical companies must not provide or offer any meal (food and beverages) to HCPs, HCOs' members or POs' Representatives, unless, in each case, the value of such meal does not exceed the monetary threshold set by the code of conduct. 

Similarly to accommodation, the value of hospitality may not exceed the amount that these persons would normally be willing to pay themselves.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

Not applicable.

But the standards set above must be kept in mind.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

Not applicable.

But the standards set above must be kept in mind.

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 23 Mar 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Only refreshments allowed in case of events with two continuous hours or less of professional activities (ENLI, Guidance on ”The Pharmaceutical Industry's Code of Practice on Promotion etc., of Medicinal Products aimed at Healthcare Professionals" (The Promotion Code). 
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The following limits apply:

  • DKK 400 maximum per lunch, including drinks, VAT and gratuities;
  • DKK 700 maximum per dinner, including drinks, VAT and gratuities.

The maximum amount per day is DKK 1,200 (ENLI, Guidance on ”The Pharmaceutical Industry's Code of Practice on Promotion etc., of Medicinal Products aimed at Healthcare Professionals" (The Promotion Code), p 64). 

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Michelin-starred restaurants and similar gourmet restaurants not allowed (ENLI, Guidance on ”The Pharmaceutical Industry's Code of Practice on Promotion etc., of Medicinal Products aimed at Healthcare Professionals" (The Promotion Code), p 67).
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 12 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Directive

No specific rules.

EFPIA

No specific rules.

IFPMA

Refreshments and/or meals incidental to the main purpose of the event can only be provided:

  • exclusively to participants of the event; and
  • if they are moderate and reasonable as judged by local standards.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Directive

No specific rules.

EFPIA

Member Companies must not provide or offer any meal (food and beverages) to HCPs, HCOs’ members or POs’ Representatives, unless, in each case, the value of such meal does not exceed the monetary threshold set by the relevant Member Association in its National Code.

IFPMA

No specific rules.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules.

Last modified 23 Mar 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

The Finnish Medicines Act or Degree 

No specific rules 

Code of Ethics issued by Pharma Industry Finland 

No specific rules 

See the general principles on hospitality in Accommodation.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The Finnish Medicines Act  or Degree 

No specific rules 

See the general principles on hospitality in Accommodation

Code of Ethics issued by Pharma Industry Finland 

The following limits apply:

  • EUR 45 maximum per lunch per person, including VAT;
  • EUR 100 maximum per dinner per person, including VAT.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

The Finnish Medicines Act or Degree 

No specific rules 

Code of Ethics issued by Pharma Industry Finland 

No specific rules 

See the general principles on hospitality in Accommodation

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

The Finnish Medicines Act or Degree 

No specific rules 

Code of Ethics issued by Pharma Industry Finland 

No specific rules 

See the general principles on hospitality in Accommodation

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

StGB

No specific rules. However, the general principles outlined above apply.

HWG

No specific rules. However, the general rules and restrictions on providing financial inducements and other gifts to HCPs may apply.

UWG

No specific rules.

FSA Code of Conduct Healthcare Professionals

Meals may be provided if and to the extent appropriate and necessary in light of the specific job-related and science-oriented event. Generally, appropriate lunch may be provided for a full day event (including catering during breaks), but no additional dinner. The type of meals, refreshment and beverages provided should clearly take a back seat and not constitute an independent incentive to visit the event. Luxurious and / or extravagant refreshments and meals are not appropriate.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

StGB

No specific rules. However, the general principles outlined above apply.

HWG

No specific rules. However, the general rules and restrictions on providing financial inducements and other gifts to HCPs may apply.

UWG

No specific rules.

FSA Code of Conduct Healthcare Professionals

Generally, there is a maximum of € 60.00 per meal. Maximum of 3 meals per day (but not € 60.00 per meal if more than one is provided on a given day, rather considerably lower for two meals and max. € 60.00 for one meal). The costs and time of meals should be appropriate as regards to the actual duration of the meeting. Extravagances are not appropriate. The maximum amount of € 60.00 might be judged more generously under the specific circumstances of the individual case.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

StGB

No specific rules. However, the general principles outlined above apply.

HWG

No specific rules. However, the general rules and restrictions on providing financial inducements and other gifts to HCPs may apply.

UWG

No specific rules.

FSA Code of Conduct Healthcare Professionals

Since the specific job-related and science-oriented purpose of the event should be in the foreground, generally, meals should be provided at the event venue selected according to objective criteria mentioned above. By contrast, especial locations with experiential character (e.g. Michelin-starred restaurants) will likely give the impression that the focus is on the experiential character instead of the opportunity for professional discussion.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Generally appropriate are water, tea, coffee and soft drinks. No alcohol should be offered as well as alcohol-free beers and fresh juices, which are generally considered inappropriate.

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 22 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

No specific rules

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

EUR 70 maximum per day, including VAT.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

No specific rules

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 26 Mar 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

The Prevention of Bribery Ordinance

No specific rules. 

HKAPI Code of Practice

  • Limited to refreshments and/or meals incidental to the main purpose of the event (para 5.3(f)).
  • Should only be provided to participants of the event, not their guests; and if moderate and reasonable as judged by local standards(para 5.3(f)). 

Code of Conduct

No specific rules.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The Prevention of Bribery Ordinance

No specific rules. 

HKAPI Code of Practice

  • HK$400 per attendee for breakfast/ lunch; maximum of HK$800 per attendee for dinner (excluding service charges/gratuity or incremental costs attributable to venue rental where necessary and identifiable) (Appendix, para 2).
  • For meals provided in events overseas, the value should be reasonable by local standards in the relevant country and to the extent possible at a level comparable to the amount allowable in Hong Kong/ Macau (Appendix, para 2). 

Code of Conduct

No specific rules.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules.

Last modified 21 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Meals shall always be inferior to the professional content and professional aim of the event.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable A limit equal to 5% of the applicable statutory monthly minimum wage (i.e. HUF 8,050 in 2020 – around EUR 24), including meals, per person per day applies.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Hospitality, including catering, offered to HCPs should be reasonable in level, and secondary to the main purpose of any event (i.e. education). 
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable EUR 80 maximum per meal, per person, including VAT and excluding gratuities.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) There is no restriction on where the meals can be provided, as long as the amount spent is not over EUR 80 per meal.   This threshold is in addition to the existing restrictions on hospitality (reasonable, secondary to the main purpose etc) and only applies to events in Ireland.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 9 Apr 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) In case of local meetings, only coffee break is permitted.  Exceptionally, a "light" on-site working lunch may be offered where the meeting lasts more than six hours.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable EUR 60 maximum per meal, including drinks, per person.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Luxury restaurants or similar excessive venues should be avoided.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Not applicable

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

FCC and its guidelines

It is prohibited for pharmaceutical companies to provide meals to HCPs as a means of unjustifiably inducing transactions of pharmaceutical drugs.

Further, meals provided by pharmaceutical companies to HCPs must be reasonable and appropriate in light of normal business practices and not extravagant under normal social conventions.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

FCC and its guidelines

The monetary limit for all kinds of meals is JPY 5,000 per person (excluding consumption tax).

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

FCC and its guidelines

The places where meals are provided must be reasonable and appropriate in light of normal business practices and not extravagant under normal social conventions.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Not applicable

Last modified 2 Feb 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Meals may only be provided for events with at least six hours of scientific activities provided that the meal either immediately precedes or follows the scientific works.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The following limits apply:

  • EUR 45 maximum per lunch;
  • EUR 90 maximum per dinner.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Hospitality must always be of a reasonable level and remain incidental to the main purpose of the event.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Hospitality must always be of a reasonable level and remain incidental to the main purpose of the event.

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable Provisions in this sense remain ambiguous: value for meals shall be reasonable (at CETIFARMA’s discretion in accordance to its standards) and not exceed the cost that HCPs would be willing to cover under similar circumstances.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

The meals and refreshments that are offered must be subordinate to the main purpose of the meeting or manifestation. 

For instance, breaks from the substantive programme must be logical intermissions. By way of example, refreshments after an evening programme where a meal was also offered already is not permitted.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

For either meetings or manifestation the meals may not exceed €75 per occasion.  

  • Any cost for meals must either be included in the €500 per event / €1500 per year cap or the HCP may bear 50% of the cost; or
  • For manifestations it must be included in the €75 per event / €375 per year cap.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) The meals should also be provided in a location that suits the purpose of the meeting or manifestation. In any case, Michelin star restaurants are out of bounds.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Not applicable

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Medicines New Zealand Code of Practice

  • Any hospitality provided must be appropriate, clearly secondary to the medical education or business purpose of the meeting, and not excessive.
  • Meals intended to be eaten outside the meeting ('dine and dash') are prohibited.

Royal Australian College of Physicians Guidelines

  • In general, the Guidelines advise against accepting gifts and hospitality (including meals).
  • In general, Hospitality should be provided by employers or attendees themselves.
  • Hospitals, universities, academic institutions and medical centres should not accept pharmaceutical company-funded meals.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Medicines New Zealand Code of Practice

  • Hospitality must not be excessive.

In general, HCPs should be satisfied that this will not lead to a perceived loss of professional independence.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

Medicines New Zealand Code of Practice

  • Hospitality must be appropriate, clearly secondary to the educational content and duration of the meeting and must not be excessive.
  • Offering takeaway meals, or meals intended to be eaten outside the meeting, is prohibited.

In general, HCPs should be satisfied that this will not lead to a perceived loss of professional independence.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

There are no applicable restrictions on the provision of alcohol.

However, HCPs should be satisfied that this will not lead to a perceived loss of professional independence.

Last modified 10 Jun 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Hospitality Rate A = Lunch: NOK 250.

Hosptality Rate B = Dinner: NOK 950. 

Hospitality rate A can be applied for promotional visits.

Events/work meetings must include at least 45 minutes of professional content in order for hospitality rate A to be applicable. 

Events/work meetings must include at least 90 minutes of professional content in order for hospitality rate B to be applicable. 

Events/work meetings that include at least 5 hours of professional content can use hospitality rates A and B in combination. 

At events/work meetings that include at least 5 hours of professional content, and for which participants need to arrive the evening before due to the timing of the meeting, a meal may be served the evening before the meeting for up to 50% of hospitality rate B.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Norwegian Pharmaceutical law

No specific regulation.

LMI Industry rules

Maximum value for meals (2020):

Lunch:  NOK 250.

Dinner: NOK 950.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

Norwegian Pharma Law

No specific rules.

LMI Industry rules

No specific rules except the general extravagant or luxurius test referred to under Event venue.

A Michelin-starred restaurant would typically not be appropriate.

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered)

Norwegian Pharma Law

No specific rules.

LMI Industry rules

Serving of beer or wine with food is allowed in moderate amounts. Moderate is normally understood as 1-2 glasses. It is not permitted to serve alcoholic aperitifs or spirits.

Last modified 16 Feb 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Polish Pharmaceutical Law

No specific rules.

INFARMA

  • PLN 200 for meals offered in Poland; or
  • the amount determined by the relevant local organization in the case of meals offered outside Poland; or
  • the equivalent of EUR 100 in the case of no maximum amounts established locally

- inclusive of taxes

PZPPF

No specific rules.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 15 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable EUR 60 maximum per meal in the national territory. EUR 90 maximum per meal in international events (unless another amount, greater or not, is established by a Code of Ethics or national law of the country where the event takes place).
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Luxury restaurants or similar excessive venues should be avoided. 
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Not applicable

Please also see European Union.

Last modified 5 Jan 2021

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

No specific rules.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

No specific rules.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Maximum two coffee breaks per event day allowed.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The following limits apply:

  • RON 150 maximum for one main meal (lunch or dinner);
  • RON 35 for coffee break.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Not applicable

Please also see European Union.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No specific rules.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No limitation identified.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No limitation identified.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No restrictions identified.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No alcohol or pork may be offered.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Act on medical products

No specific rules. 

AIFP Code of Conduct

Hospitality offered in the form of meals should be limited to the amount of EUR 75 per the main course (lunch/dinner), EUR 100 for an all-day meal in the Slovak Republic and the amount of EUR 100 for the main course abroad. 

ADL Code of Ethics

No specific rules. 

GENAS Code of Ethics

No specific rules.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules.

Please also see European Union.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The Code

EUR 60 maximum per meal, including beverages, per person (including VAT) if the event is set in Slovenia. If the event is set abroad the monetary threshold set in the country where the event takes place shall prevail.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

Please also see European Union.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Refreshments should not exceed the usual meeting standards  (e.g. alcoholic beverages or excessive/expensive snacks).

In addition, for events of short duration, the level of hospitality shall be reasonable. In any case, it must be ensured that there are no elements that could damage the image of the pharmaceutical industry.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable EUR 60 maximum per meal, per person, including beverages, service charges, gratuities and taxes. 
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

No meal may be offered at the following venues:

  • Sports resort hotels (e.g. with golf course, etc.);
  • Theme park hotels;
  • Winery hotels;
  • Five-star grand luxury hotels.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Offer of alcoholic beverages should be avoided.

Please also see European Union.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The following limits apply:

  • SEK 300 maximum for lunch;
  • SEK 850 maximum for dinner.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) The selection of location and venue for an event shall be reasonable in relation to the purpose of the meeting. Places known for their exclusivity shall be avoided. In general, principle of moderation applies.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Only wine and beer in limited quantities may be offered during meals.  Spirits are never allowed.  Nonalcoholic alternatives must always be available.

Please also see European Union.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Social events must be accompanied by meals.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No specific rules.
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Hospitality must not exceed the level that HCPs would be willing to pay the cost of themselves.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) Any subsistence associated with the meeting must be secondary to the nature of the meeting, must be appropriate and not out of proportion to the occasion.
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

The cost of a meal (including drinks) provided by way of subsistence must not exceed £75 per person, excluding VAT and gratuities. 

The maximum of £75 plus VAT and gratuities is appropriate only in very limited circumstances, such as dinner at a residential meeting for senior consultants or a dinner at a learned society conference with substantial educational content. The cost of a meal (including drinks) should normally be well below this figure. 

The maximum amount does not apply where the meeting is held outside the UK in a European country where the national association is a member of EFPIA and thus covered by EFPIA Codes. In such circumstances the limits of the host country would apply.

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) Not applicable.
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Donations in lieu of hospitality are unacceptable. If hospitality is not required at a meeting there is no obligation or right to provide some benefit of an equivalent value.

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more)

Federal Law & Implementing Regulations, & Government-Issued Guidance: The laws and regulations do not specifically enumerate or define "appropriate" versus "inappropriate" standards regarding the provision of meals, but the situation in which they are offered is likely to impact the government’s perception of potential intent to induce or reward. In addition, the HHS-OIG Guidance specifically notes that companies providing benefits, including meals, in association with information or marketing presentations could potentially implicate the AKS.  The HHS-OIG Guidance states generally, with respect to entertainment, recreation, travel, meals, gifts, gratuities, and other business courtesies that the AKS should be considered and that “compliance with the PhRMA Code with respect to these arrangements should substantially reduce a manufacturer’s risk.”  68 Fed. Reg. 23,721, 23,738 (May 5, 2003). See below. HHS-OIG generally expects meals and refreshments to be reasonable and modest. Enforcement actions have cited kickbacks in the form of expensive dinners and excessive alcohol. 

State Laws & Implementing Regulations: States have varying approaches to meal limitations. For example, Vermont prohibits the provision of meals or other food items to Vermont HCPs or non-prescribing staff, unless the meals are fair market compensation for HCP services or refreshments at a convention booth.  Other states, like Massachusetts, limit the provision of modest meals for HCPs to in-office educational presentations and out-of-office speaker programs and conventions. 

Industry Codes of Conduct: The PhRMA Code permits modest, occasional meals if they are offered in the appropriate circumstances and venue. PhRMA’s Statement on Application of PhRMA Code Section 2 During Emergency Periods addresses the provision of meals in conjunction with virtual presentations to HCPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals may only be provided if there is a reasonable expectation that the HCP will remain present throughout the event, and meals should continue to be limited to in-office or in-hospital settings. The AdvaMed Code provides that meals may only be provided to HCPs who attend and have a bona fide purpose for attending the meeting (e.g., no meals for entire office staff or guests).  Both the PhRMA Code and AdvaMed Code specifically warn against “dine & dash” programs offering meals without a company representative being present at the meeting.

Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable

Federal Law & Implementing Regulations, & Government-Issued Guidance: The laws and regulations do not specifically enumerate or define a maximum dollar value for meals, but the value is likely to impact the government’s perception of potential intent to induce or reward. In addition, the HHS-OIG Guidance specifically notes that companies providing benefits, including meals, in association with information or marketing presentations could potentially implicate the AKS.  The HHS-OIG Guidance states generally, with respect to entertainment, recreation, travel, meals, gifts, gratuities, and other business courtesies that the AKS should be considered and that "compliance with the PhRMA Code with respect to these arrangements should substantially reduce a manufacturer’s risk."  68 Fed. Reg. 23,721, 23,738 (May 5, 2003).  See below. HHS-OIG generally expects meals and refreshments to be reasonable and modest. Enforcement actions have cited kickbacks in the form of expensive dinners and excessive alcohol.  Federal guidance may also discuss limitations on meals for certain HCP interactions (e.g., OIG Special Fraud Alert on Speaker Programs notes a recent settlement involving instances where the average per attendee cost for food and alcohol at a speaker program exceeded $500).  

State Laws & Implementing Regulations: Some states incorporate concepts such as “modest” meals, with consideration of local standards, and gift caps which may come into play for meals depending on the circumstances.  For example, Minnesota sets an annual $50 cap, and Maine allows "modest" meals and refreshments of minimal value in certain circumstances and defines "modest" as the cost similar to that which an HCP would pay when dining at his/her own expense as judged by local standards where the event is held. Other states more generally incorporate PhRMA Code and/or AdvaMed Code standards by reference.

Industry Codes of Conduct: The PhRMA Code indicates that, in circumstances in which providing meals is otherwise appropriate under the Code, they should be modest as judged by local standards.  The AdvaMed Code also provides that permissible meals provided to HCPs must be modest and "provided in a manner conducive to the presentation of scientific, educational, or business information."

Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant)

Federal Law & Implementing Regulations, & Government-Issued Guidance: The laws and regulations do not specifically enumerate or define "appropriate" versus "inappropriate" venues for meals, but the selection is likely to impact the government’s perception of potential intent to induce or reward.  In addition, the HHS-OIG Guidance specifically notes that companies providing benefits, including meals, in association with information or marketing presentations could potentially implicate the AKS.  The HHS-OIG Guidance states generally, with respect to entertainment, recreation, travel, meals, gifts, gratuities, and other business courtesies that the AKS should be considered and that "compliance with the PhRMA Code with respect to these arrangements should substantially reduce a manufacturer’s risk." 68 Fed. Reg. 23,721, 23,738 (May 5, 2003).  See below.  HHS-OIG generally expects meals and refreshments to be reasonable and modest. Enforcement actions have cited kickbacks in the form of expensive dinners and excessive alcohol. In addition to guidance more generally on appropriate venue and modest meals, advises against high-end restaurants. For example, OIG Special Fraud Alert on Speaker Programs said that suspect venues include high-end restaurants. 

State Laws & Implementing Regulations: In addition to guidance more generally on appropriate venue and modest meals, some states specifically include language mirroring the PhRMA Code in requiring that meals provided to health care providers generally must be provided in the provider's office or hospital setting. Some states more generally incorporate PhRMA Code and/or AdvaMed Code standards by reference. 

Industry Codes of Conduct: In addition to guidance more generally on appropriate venue and modest meals, the PhRMA Code states that sales representatives may provide meals in the HCP office or hospital only when provided in connection with an accompanying informational presentation and prohibits out-of-office meals by sales representatives or their immediate managers (except in connection with a speaker program). The AdvaMed Code provides that appropriate settings may include the HCP’s place of business "or an off-site space that is conducive to the discussion, such as a restaurant."

Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) Federal Law & Implementing Regulations, & Government-Issued Guidance: The laws and regulations do not specifically prohibit alcohol, but the offering of alcohol and the situational context is likely to impact the government's perception of potential intent to induce or reward. The recent OIG Special Fraud Alert on Speaker Programs noted that excessive alcohol at speaker programs raises potential concerns that the programs are merely social events.

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Argentina

Argentina

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Relevant statutory law(s)

Resolution of the Ministry of Health 627/2007

Industry code(s) of conduct

Code of good practices of Argentine Chamber of Medical Specialties (CAEME)

Other Not applicable

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Argentina

Argentina

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Competent authority/authorities enforcing the above statutory law(s)

Argentinian Ministry of Health

Competent authority/authorities enforcing the above code(s) of conduct Argentine Chamber of Medical Specialties (CAEME)
Competent authorities enforcing any other provisions indicated above Not applicable

 

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Argentina

Argentina

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Restrictions on event locations (e.g., events abroad, touristic locations, mountain or beach locations during winter/summer season, etc)

No event should take place outside the Argentine Republic, unless there are logistical or security reasons for holding it abroad (e.g. where most of the participants guests come from abroad and/or where the relevant resource or expertise is located abroad).

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Argentina

Argentina

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Restrictions or requirements regarding event venues (e.g., resorts, castles, SPAs, proximity to transport connections or centers with relevant medical expertise, etc)  

Luxurious venues should not be selected for hosting events.

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Argentina

Argentina

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Restrictions or requirements regarding accommodation provided to HCPs (e.g. five star hotels, maximum number of nights, minimum duration of events, etc.) Accommodation may be provided to HCPs only and it should not include sponsorship or organization of entertainment or leisure activities (e.g. sporting events, musical events, etc.).

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Argentina

Argentina

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Restrictions on air travel (e.g. economy class only; minimum flight duration for business class) No specific rules
Restriction on train transportation (class; duration; etc.) No specific rules
Other restrictions regarding travel No specific rules

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Argentina

Argentina

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Limitation on providing meals (e.g. only refreshment for events lasting for half a day or more) No specific rules
Maximum value for meals (e.g., EUR 60) – please specify by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) where applicable No specific rules
Restrictions on where meals can be provided? (e.g. no Michelin-starred restaurant) No specific rules
Other restriction (e.g. no alcohol may be offered) No specific rules

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Argentina

Argentina

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Rules applicable to family members travelling together with HCPs to the event location. No specific rules

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Argentina

Argentina

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Rules originally designed for traditional events (described in previous points) but applicable also to online conferences No specific rules
Additional rules applicable specifically to online conferences (incl. communication / advertising rules in relation to events attended by multinational audience) No specific rules

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Argentina

Argentina

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Specific rules applicable to promotional events organized by/on behalf of MAH in comparison to independent scientific events described in previous points (incl. event location, venue, accommodation, transport, meals, family members, online conferences No specific rules

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