The way Healthcare Professionals can receive educational allowances to attend medical congresses has changed since 1 January 2018.
Financial support by MedTech member companies to support Healthcare Professional’s attendance to CIRSE congresses must now be delivered through an indirect scheme.
What is MedTech and what is the MedTech Code of Ethical Business Practice?
The members of MedTech, an association of European medical device companies, have agreed to adhere to a self-imposed Code of Ethical Business Practice. Due to this self-regulating guideline MedTech member companies should no longer provide direct funding to Healthcare Professionals to attend medical congresses but can provide Educational Grants through an indirect scheme.
Please visit https://www.ethicalmedtech.eu and their resources section for detailed information:
How can I receive travel support to attend ECIO 2019?
There are two ways to receive Education Grant funding:
Educational Grants allocated to your own Institution
According to the new MedTech Code of Ethical Business Practice it is still possible to receive support to attend CIRSE congresses. MedTech member companies can provide restricted Educational Grants to Health Care Organisations (HCOs), such as hospitals and other institutions to support their staff’s congress participation. In this case the Health Care Organisation shall identify and select the eligible practitioners and attribute the grants.
If you are interested in receiving such funding, please reach out to your industry contacts directly.
Please note that the MedTech Code of Ethical Business Practice is a self-regulating guideline which does not supersede European or national law. Therefore, it is only applicable to MedTech members. Companies, which are not MedTech members, may still provide direct sponsorship to HCP’s to the extend as allowed by national law.
Educational Grants through a medical society and congress organiser such as CIRSE
Industry Partners also allocate Educational Grants to societies or congress organisers such as CIRSE. In this specific occasion CIRSE will contact your institution directly or manage the attribution of Educational Allowances in the form of an open call for applications.
What shall I do now and how to comply with the indirect educational sponsorship process as a Healthcare Professional?
Contact your Healthcare Institution to find out about possibilities and modalities for accessing Educational Allowances provided by industry partners.
Get in touch with your industry partners to discuss the possibility of organising educational grants for ECIO 2019.
Educational Grant Agreement templates are available at https://www.ethicalmedtech.eu/resources/
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