EFPIA is the voice of the research-based pharmaceutical industry in Europe, with 33 member associations and 40 leading pharmaceutical companies (corporate members), and two specialised groups - the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (EBE) and Vaccines Europe (EV).
The Federation represents the industry in a range of matters and it sets ethical standards for its members. For this purpose EFPIA has adopted a "Code on the Promotion of Prescription-only Medicines to, and Interactions with, Healthcare Professionals" (EFPIA HCP Code) that, among other things, sets standards for member companies' presence at scientific congresses; hospitality at such events; and conditions for companies to sponsor the attendance of healthcare professionals.
Considering that congresses are a vital forum where R&D-based pharmaceutical companies can present data and interact with scientific experts, industry leaders stress that any practice that might create confusion about the real scientific and educational purpose of events sponsored by industry and attended by healthcare professionals should not be tolerated.
More information at www.efpia-e4ethics.eu.