Promotional events

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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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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

Legislation: Not applicable.

MA Code of Conduct

Prescription pharmaceutical companies may only sponsor a HCP to attend an educational event that is directly related to the HCP's area of expertise.

Prescription pharmaceutical companies cannot sponsor a HCP to attend a promotional event.

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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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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

All necessary regulatory approvals must be obtained in advance.

All events held by pharmaceutical companies must be relevant to pharmacy related topics and limited to the concerned professionals.

It is prohibited to sell free advertising samples of medicinal products. Free advertising samples must include the wording "Free medical sample" in indelible ink in Arabic and English. Distributors may only provide free samples to HCPs authorized to prescribe such products when requested. As for samples of injections, a record should be kept of the quantities handed out and used. It is prohibited to promote free samples of medicinal products to the public.

No payments shall be made to compensate HCPs for the time spent in attending the educational event.

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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

Depending on the rules being considered, promotional events could either:

  • be assimilated to independent scientific events, meaning that the above-mentioned rules would apply as well; or
  • fall outside the scope of such rules, meaning that they do not provide any information regarding promotional events.

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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. Any specifics must be assessed on the case-by-case basis.

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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

Occasional reasonable meals / refreshments may be offered in connection with promotional presentations to HCPs and other stakeholders attending the presentation. 

For promotional activities, reasonable meals / refreshments can only be provided to clinic / medical staff who are appropriate to the primary business focus of the presentation or meeting. The amount should be reasonable, relative to the number of participants.

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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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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

Statutory Laws and Regulations

No specific rules.

Codes of Conduct

Code of Ethics for Chinese Medical Doctors

No specific rules.

RDPAC Code

A member company should not organize lucky draw in any promotional events (Article 7).

Providing or offering promotional aids such as sticky notes, mouse pads, and calendars, to HCPs in relation to the promotion of prescription-only medicines is prohibited.

Promotional aids of minimal value (RMB 100 or less per item) and quantity may be provided or offered to HCPs solely for the promotion of over-the-counter medicines if relevant to the practice of the HCP (Article 7).

AdvaMed China Code

Companies may provide branded promotional items of minimal value (RMB 200 or less) to HCPs related to the HCP’s practice. Such items could include stationery items, USB drives, mouse pads, and other items bearing a company’s logo (Article X).

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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 As mentioned before, hospitality offered by pharmaceutical companies engaging or interacting with HCPs can be related to scientific and professional events. Expenses, gifts and benefits related to other promotional events might enter within the prohibition of Law 1751 from 2015 and Law 1474 from 2011 mentioned above.

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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

The Ordinance: please note that the Ordinance does not differentiate between such categories of events, meaning all the rules stated above shall apply.

The Code: the Code and the rules stated above apply to the "events", whereby the Code enacts a broad definition of an "event" – a promotional, scientific or professional meeting, congress, conference, symposium, smaller business meeting and other similar events.

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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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Last modified 23 Mar 2021

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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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Last modified 12 Jan 2021

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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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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

The Finnish Medicines Act or Degree 

In the case of sales promotion events, hospitality must be moderate and secondary in relation to the purpose of the event, and it must not extend beyond health care personnel. 

Code of Ethics issued by Pharma Industry Finland 

There are guidelines for good medical sales representation practice: 

  • Hospitality or other benefits offered must not jeopardise the public trust in the authorities, civil servants or employees of public corporations.
  • The events and the hospitality offered must comply with the general guidelines concerning the receiving of hospitality by civil servants as well as with the present Code.

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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 Invitations of HCPs (and family members) to exclusively promotional events are generally subject to very high restrictions in Germany. Financial inducements and other gifts should be provided to HCPs, if at all, only under the strict requirements mentioned above, provided that the events are exclusively profession-related and scientific in nature. Otherwise, under the circumstances of the individual case, there might be a material risk of non-compliance with, inter alia, the StGB, HWG / UWG and industry codes.

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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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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

The Prevention of Bribery Ordinance

No specific rules.

HKAPI Code of Practice

The HKAPI Code of Practice applies to promotional events. Thus the above rules apply to promotional events in the same way (para 5.1). There are no specific rules applicable only to promotional events. 

Code of Conduct

It is appropriate for a doctor to take part in bona fide health education activities, such as lectures and publications. However, he must not exploit such activities for promotion of his practice or to canvass for patients (para 6.1).

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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 In comparison to professional, scientific events non-HCP attendees may also be invited to promotional events.

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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

The Medical Council Guide prevents  registered medical practitioners accepting gifts (including hospitality) from pharmaceutical, medical devices or other commercial enterprises.  Medical practitioners must not let financial considerations influence or appear to influence management of patients.

Under the 2007 Regulations, a company must not supply, offer or promise gifts, pecuniary advantages or benefits in kind to persons qualified to prescribe or supply in relation to the promotion/ marketing of prescription medicines.

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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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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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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 Except as provided above (based on the code of conduct), no mandatory rule applies.

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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

Meetings for promotional activities shall be exclusively addressed to HCPs researchers or experts and shall not be presented as intended for "academic" purposes.

Enterprises shall verify compliance with local requirements applicable to products subject matter of the promotion, including sponsoring provisions.

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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 Promotional events qualify as manifestations under the regulatory framework. All applicable rules have already been addressed above.

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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

Medicines New Zealand Code of Practice

  • The primary objective of any interaction with HCPs must be to improve patient care by increasing medical knowledge and enhancing the quality of use of medicines.
  • Relationships with HCPs must be able to withstand public and professional scrutiny.
  • No benefits may be provided on the condition that HCPs recommend or prescribe a prescription medicine.
  • Interactions between companies and HCPs must not include entertainment or recreational activities. 

Royal Australian College of Physicians Guidelines

  • In general, industry support of meetings should be indirect (mediated through independent organisers) and appropriately disclosed to the relevant organisations and attendees.
  • However, current practice is for HCPs to reject industry entertainment invitations.
  • 'Entertainment' is the provision by industry of access to cultural, sporting or artistic events, with no purported associated professional content.
  • 'Hospitality' is the provision of food and beverages by industry in association with a meeting or event covering topics of relevance to professionals.
  • HCPs cannot participate in situations that could be seen as having an influence on their clinical judgement. Even when the hospitality offered is of minimal value, acceptance and participation by HCPs can be considered a conflict of an HCP's professional and ethical responsibilities.

Nursing Council

  • Accepting gifts, favours or hospitality outside of the care context (such as harbour cruises or sporting events) may compromise professional relationships and should not be accepted.

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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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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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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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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.

Generally, one cannot promote pharmaceutical products unless the products are registered with the Ministry of Public Health (to the extent prescribed by law), entity conducting the promotion holds a valid marketing authorisation and is in receipt of the Ministry of Public Health's approval to conduct the promotional event / activity.

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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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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 Under Pharmaceutical Law, Organizations are prohibited to pay for entertainment, leisure, transportation to the leisure location.

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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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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

Act on medical products

No specific rules. 

AIFP Code of Conduct

Promotion must be accurate, balanced, fair, objective and sufficiently complete to enable the recipient to form his or her own opinion of the therapeutic value of the medicinal product concerned. It should be based on an up-to-date evaluation of all relevant evidence and reflect that evidence clearly. It must not mislead by distortion, exaggeration, undue emphasis, omission or in any other way. 

ADL Code of Ethics

Promotion must be accurate, balanced, fair, objective and sufficiently complete to enable the recipient to form his or her own opinion of the therapeutic value of the medicinal product concerned. It should be based on an up-to-date evaluation of all relevant evidence and reflect that evidence clearly. It must not mislead by distortion, exaggeration, undue emphasis, omission or in any other way. 

GENAS Code of Ethics

Advertising must be accurate, balanced, honest, objective and sufficiently complete to enable its recipient to form his or her own opinion on the therapeutic value of the medicinal product which is the subject to advertisements. It should be based on an up-to-date evaluation of all relevant evidence and clearly reflect them. It must not mislead, exaggerate, improperly emphasize, by omission or in any other way. The ad for the medicine must contain information on the medicinal product.

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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; general provisions apply.

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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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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 Same rules apply for promotional events as above.

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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

The MAH shall ensure that promotional advertisements of the Medical Product comply with the conditions and rules approved by MOHAP.

There are no specific rules for promotional events organised by or on behalf of MAH. All of the above listed requirements also apply to promotional events.

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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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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 This category is the focus of the US responses provided above for this survey. Refer to the General Principle in the US describing the distinction between company-sponsored and independent 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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