Amendment to the APME Code of Ethics from 01.01.2014
The Drug Manufacturers Association(APME), in collaboration with the European Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (EFPIA), have revised Articles 9, 10 and 12 of the existing code of ethics. The changes will take effect from 1 January 2014.
Article 9 of the amendment is based on EFPIA and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association’s intention to impose limits on healthcare workers with regard to terms of food. According to the amendment must not exceed the equivalent of one meal costs in monetary threshold of 80 euros including VAT per person. Outside catering in Estonia on the basis of the limits established in the country. Meals are only allowed a seminar, conference or similar event in the context of the research.
Amendment to Article 10 prohibits all kinds of gifts, monetary or non-monetary benefits (such as entertainment tickets, trips, gift cards, stationery, notepaper, etc.) to grant or offer. It also provides for the amendment of Article 10, that the information or materials intended for medical use, and value objects must remain within the euro 6,40, and must be directly related to the work.
Article 12 provides for an amendment to the health workers, pharmacists and pharmacists, either directly or indirectly, paid service or consulting fees, and disclosure of fees paid to health care providers for the previous year in accordance with the procedure laid down by law, or by the marketing authorization holder each year. The primary data disclosure is made in the year 2016 based on 2015 data.
The new code of ethics is currently only available in Estonian:
- CODE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS IN ESTONIA ON THE PROMOTION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES AND COOPERATION WITH HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS (effective from 01/01/2014)