Code of practice for engaging with pharamaceutical industry

It is not uncommon for doctors to give lectures, make presentations, talks, organise events, seminars/conferences etc that are sponsored by pharmaceutical, medical device or research companies.

This can be a potential source of conflict of interest as one could be seen as promoting a particular drug or device in disguise. This doesn’t have to be.

There is a very helpful code of practice by the Prescription Medicines Codes of Practice Authority (PMCPA). The PMCPA was established by The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to operate independently of the ABP.

If you give lectures, talks, presentations or organise events that are sponsored (in any form) by a pharma, the code of practice is a must read. Please pay particular attention to clauses 18-24.
While the code of practice was intended for use as regards to the pharma, the principles and codes therein could be very helpful in dealing with non-pharma sponsored medical events if there could potential conflict of interest.

Resources:
PMCPA http://www.pmcpa.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx
Code of Practice 2016 (under review). https://www.abpi.org.uk/media/1605/code_of_practice_2016.pdf