Healthcare Professional Definition

Healthcare/Non-Healthcare Status

Access to the different areas and sessions of the Spring Symposium depends on the status as Healthcare Professional or as Non-Healthcare Professional. Carefully read the below description to make sure you/your delegates are compliant with Portuguese law.

EADV Members are not designated as Healthcare Professionals by default. Please, define the correct status (HCP or Non-HCP) during the registration process.

Healthcare/Non-Healthcare Professional Status

Article 86 in the EU directive 2001/83/EC lists the prohibition of advertising and promotion of prescription-only medicines to the general public. These legal provisions are included in the country codes of conduct and guidelines for the promotion of medicines and we therefore inform you that local and national Portuguese laws, codes and regulations will be in full force and effect during the 16th EADV Spring Symposium in Porto.

Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Portugal (APIFARMA)

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

European Accreditation Council for CME (EACCME)

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA)

These codes prohibit the advertising of prescription-only medicines to the general public, therefore only Healthcare Professionals may be exposed to advertising for prescription-only products in Porto.

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) defines “Healthcare Professionals” as:

Any person that is a member of the medical, dental, pharmacy or nursing professions or any other person who, in the course of his or her professional activities, may prescribe, purchase, supply, recommend or administer a medicinal product and whose primary practice, principal professional address or place of incorporation is in Europe. For the avoidance of doubt, the definition of HCP includes: any official or employee of a government agency or other organisation (whether in the public or private sector) that may prescribe, purchase, supply or administer medicinal products and any employee of a Member Company whose primary occupation is that of a practising HCP, but excludes all other employees of a Member Company and a wholesaler or distributor of medicinal products.

As a multidisciplinary audience will be attending the Porto Spring Symposium, the EADV will assign different badges to Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and Non-Healthcare Professionals (NON-HCPs) to ensure compliance with the above regulations.

During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate whether you are a “Healthcare Professional” or not. Depending on the status you have indicated on your registration form, you will receive either a “Healthcare Professional (HCP)” or “Non-Healthcare Professional (NON-HCPs)” badge on your arrival to the venue.

Access to any industry sessions where data or research of prescription medicines is presented will be limited exclusively to Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) only.

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