MedTech Europe and EFPIA merge medical society congress vetting / assessment platforms

MedTech Europe and EFPIA merge medical society congress vetting / assessment platforms

MedTech Europe and EFPIA merge medical society congress vetting / assessment platforms

events  One of the significant features of healthcare and life science regulation is the need of those business partners, not directly guided by the code, to recognise that the code in a collateral way may impact them.

One such example is the vetting or assessment of independent Medical Society congress activities using metrics derived from the code.


Back story

For a number of years congresses have been vetted or assessed if you prefer, via independent solutions and platforms by both European trade / industry / regulatory bodies.

 Medical devices – MedTech Europe, Platform: CVS

Healthcare and life sciences (pharma) – EFPIA, Platform: e4ethics

Criteria differed between both organisations with some common threads.


What’s different?

Since 01 January 2022

The MedTech Europe (cvs) and EFPIA (e4ethics) platforms have now merged to be focus applications through the MedTech Europe platform.

MedTech Europe Application Website

So, what does this mean in more tangible terms?

  • Both platforms operate independently from EFPIA and MedTech Europe, via a common Compliance team, to ensure objectivity and independence in conference assessments.
  • e4ethics is aligned with the CVS criteria and approach, including the online proactive submissions by companies or congress organisers (Professional Congress Organisers as well as scientific societies).
  • The submission procedure and appeal process is identical for both systems.

The type of Events qualifying for review will remain different

  • For Events assessed under e4ethics, only those that qualify as major international Events taking place in the countries within the scope of the EFPIA Code, (Europe) will be reviewed. Events in which Healthcare Professionals coming from more than 5 countries may take part and which are expected to attract a significant number of participants (at least 500), will be considered (that means meetings outside Europe too) .

 On the other hand, within the CVS, international Events need to be reviewed when they are taking place within the MedTech Europe geographical scope. This includes:

    • Events attended by delegates coming from at least two countries of MedTech Europe geographical scope; and
    • Events taking place outside the MedTech Europe geographic area, attended by delegates who are HCPs registered and practicing in the MedTech geographical area.

 How do I learn more about the vetting / assessment solutions?

Information on MedTech Europe, CVS approach: Link

Information on EFPA, e4ethics approach: Link


Note: the comments within this bog post are those of 3Sity Event Consulting – we recommend viewing the links provided before using this information to execute any business decisions.  




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We believe that there has never been a better time to be smarter, to seize the numerous opportunities in the evolving meetings marketplace.

Face-to-face, virtual, invest, divest, and everything in between are all on the table right now, a complex matrix of strategic and tactical decisions that must be made in order for your success to be realised.

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When Warner Brothers imagined a return to the Matrix film series little did they know that they would be up against the power house (cough) that is 3Sixty Event Consulting …..

Why, read on …..

In 2019 we interrogated our vision, values, and ambitions and felt it was necessary to bring a clear personality to our meetings consultancy and compliance solutions.

Many flipcharts and post-it notes later (remember those) we found our destination.

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We felt that this single statement, represented by our lady with the VR goggles, circled all our activities linking vision and insight with the navigation of the matrix of challenges you tackle every day. This is the value we bring to the individuals and organisations with whom we work: experienced (old) heads who, with a soft touch and tougher one when required, guide people and organisations to a position where they can effectively identify, then manage their challenges and opportunities.  The goal? to emerge in a far better place than ever before.

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Early in 2020, we witnessed a surge in demand for our consulting services. Stakeholders from throughout the healthcare meetings eco-system, including corporate organisations, venues, medical societies, and agencies, realised they needed to reinvent their business when their strategic plans were ripped apart in a matter of weeks. Major decisions needed to be made and the creation of a new strategy to maximise the opportunity that the new meetings eco-system was presenting. Their own matrix had changed, and it had done so quickly.

As we applied our consultative solutions it became clear that our support was not only aligned to strategic decision making but also one of connectivity .. when supporting Company A we realised there was a mutual benefit to Company B and so on. Partnerships were now a much more credible strategy than pre-pandemic. For us our network could facilitate these partnership conversations.

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 We have considered which questions will need to be answered when looking to re-shape Meetings and Events in a Pandemic reality.

1. What policies will meeting planners develop to address their needs to be confident to use a meeting venue?

2. Which standard will they use to provide recognisable consistency globally and nationally to pandemic policies?

3. What will a “responsible attitude and preparedness look like for meeting venues; back and front of house – what recognisable standards will be adhered to World Health Organisation or external experts?

4.How will meeting venue hygiene levels change; will this become much more visible to meeting bookers and their participants to build confidence?

5. Will meeting venue teams be more aggressive in terms of stay at homesickness rules for hotel staff -What are the consequences if they don’t?

6. Will meeting venues be more careful in how they deploy at-risk team members?

7. Could sick meeting attendees be more closely monitored by meeting venues?

8. Might some locations expect meeting venues to advise authorities if meeting attendees are known to be ill, with specific symptoms – might this be seasonal or year-round?

9. Will check in protocols change to cover questions to meeting participants regarding recent illness and in return meeting venue pandemic policies – will hotels turn away guests that they believe to be showing symptoms?

10. Will meeting venues integrate into their meeting terms and conditions risk clauses related to pandemics?

11. Will meeting venues request that meeting planners do not allow sick delegates to attend meetings. If yes, what are the consequences?

12. For multiple night stays, will room cleaning be stopped unless deeper clean services are applied?
Will meeting delegates be given the option not just to be green – but decline any cleaning of their room until after their departure – will rooms be left for 24 hours before being resold?

13. What communication programmes; pre and on arrival will be developed to inform delegates participating in the meeting of the meeting venue’s plan for pandemic preparedness?

14. Is the day of the self-serve buffet over, will it be replaced by served meals with less meeting delegate to meeting delegate and staff to delegate contact?

15. As, has already happened in many venues, will refreshment breaks now be self-service, machine served with packaged snacks not “baked this morning” on-site?

16. Will meetings be increasingly held “in a bubble” with reduced contact with the public areas of a meeting venue?

17. Will virtual check-in be the only option in the future with a non-human contact between booking and entering a room?

18. Will social distancing be applied in full or part to the meeting room set up, the loading of a meeting rooms and queues for catering?

19. Will the extended supply chain, beyond the meeting venue, be expected to integrate pandemic planning into their supply and best in class hygiene process to secure the supply of goods?

20. Will meeting venues expect meeting planner suppliers to undergo pre-arrival vetting/education on pandemic preparedness e.g. will venues allow pre-shipment (without controls) of materials for a meeting?

21. Will hotel brands promote pandemic preparedness as a global brand standard or amend it to align with requirements from own governments or other global organisations?

22. How will meeting venues audit their own, action plan, to ensure that it is fit for purpose and being utilised day to day?

Or .. will we simply go back to our old version of normal?

If you would like to be part of answering these questions let is know. We are happy to integrate industry thought leaders into our Think Tank sessions.

WHO Operational considerations for COVID-19 management in the accommodation sector.