We are pleased to present the 2018 version of our Code of Ethics. The Code mainly had to be adapted to align with the Sunshine Act (betransparent.be). We also took the opportunity to update the Code and the Practical Guidelines, for example according to the new FAQs of 2017.
Here are the two major changes to the Code of Ethics and the Practical Guidelines:
- Adaptation of the chapter on the transparency obligation according to the Sunshine Act (Chapter 1 of Title 3 of the Law of 18 December 2016 on various health provisions),
- Adaptation of the Practical Guidelines related to Article 3 of the Code of Ethics according to the caselaw applied by the Visa Office for 10 years, in particular the fact that the sponsorship of scientific training courses should always aim at the continuing medical education of the healthcare professionals. This means that it should therefore always be possible to combine the training course with the exercise of their profession without interrupting it for a long time. Long-term scientific training courses (i.e. more than three weeks) cannot therefore be sponsored by the industry (e.g. fellowship of several months, additional year of study) since these are not scientific events within the meaning of article 10 §2 of the Law concerning medicines.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any question in this regard!