Rather than repeat them all here, key changes are helpfully outlined in a ready-made PowerPoint presentation by the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA), the arm's length body established by the ABPI in 1993 to administer the Code. The main focus, over the last few years, has reflected the European-wide drive towards improved transparency, particularly concerning payments to healthcare professionals and organisations, and the nature of such payments.
The new ABPI Code therefore, effective on 1st January 2014, reflects the adoption of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations' (EFPIA's) Disclosure Code on June 23rd 2013, now due for implementation in national codes (i.e. by December 31st 2013). Its adoption is all part of the EFPIA's promise to improve transparency in the pharmaceutical industry generally. As a result, more extensive disclosure of payments made to support healthcare professionals and associations will be made by member companies, on their websites in the first instance, or on a centralised regional platform if, or when, established. According to the ABPI, the decision whether to set up a centralised platform will be made by the end of 2014, use of which would most likely be obligatory, superseding individual company websites.
Updates then, like this one, show how the ABPI Code of Practice is concerned not only with UK-specific requirements, but also reflects European (EFPIA) and international (IFPMA) codes. This is because the EFPIA Code sets out the minimum standards that apply, in turn, to all EFPIA Member Associations (of which the ABPI is one) in all member states. In effect, all EFPIA Member Associations are required to transpose this Code into their national codes in full. However, deviations are permissible where its provisions conflict with applicable national laws or regulations, since these take precedence.
So, if you haven't made your New Year's resolution yet, I'd suggest that reading the new 2014 ABPI Code of Practice might get your CPD for 2014 off to a well informed start. Check out the resources page, if you'd like to explore further.
Happy New Year.
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