Both the elearning module and the detailed country-specific report for the Australian NIS considerations have been updated.  So what’s changed?Australia-map-colour
Medicines Australia Code of Conduct Guidelines Updated in Feb 2014

The Code of Conduct Guidelines now reflect and provide guidance on the 17th Edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct, which became effective in January 2013
HCP Consultant Reports to be Submitted by 30 April 2014
Member companies are required to report all consultancies with healthcare professionals as defined in Section 9.8 of the Code. Set out below are examples of the consultancies which must be reported. This list is not exhaustive.

•Developing and/or presenting a submission to PBAC or PBS.
•Developing a continuing education program.
•Writing or reviewing a scientific paper, promotional or educational material.
•Expert opinion provided by one or more healthcare professionals on an ad hoc basis.
•Independent grant review committee.
•Market research where the company has selected the healthcare professionals participating in the research.

The first annual report of healthcare professional consultants must be submitted to Medicines Australia by 30 April 2014 and cover activities commenced on or after 1 January 2013 or ongoing on that date. Thereafter, the report must be provided to Medicines Australia on an annual basis by 30 April each year covering the previous calendar year.