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Hospital and Theatre Access Programme

ABHI Code of Practice 2018

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) sees ethical compliance as a key subject for the medical technology industry, particularly as a means to safeguard the important relationships that companies have with healthcare professionals with whom they work closely in developing and improving medical devices.

Important changes came into force from 1 January 2018 in part one of the latest edition of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) Code of Ethical Business Practice (October 2016). This section of the code contains guidelines on medtech’s interaction with healthcare professionals (HCPs) and healthcare organisations (HCOs).

Changes to the code also touch on actions ABHI member companies (MCs) must take, phasing in over 2017/18, with regard to educational grants to healthcare organisations.

This course describes changes to part one of the code for 2018

All the main changes are from the MedTech Europe Code of ethical business practice derived text, which has been adopted by the ABHI. This code has replaced the Eucomed code.


One module and a nine question exam.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you understand the main guidelines of the code so you can avoid risk and remain compliant.

  • Background – what are the main changes for 2018?
  • Phasing out direct sponsorship – how has this been updated?
  • Rules for educational grants – how might your strategy need to change?
  • Events – remaining compliant and transparent when you’re planning the programme, location, guests, hospitality and travel
  • Grants and charitable donations – knowing the requirements for charitable donations, educational and research grants and the differences
  • Arrangements with consultants and research – engaging with HCPs to provide bona fide consulting and other services, including research
  • Royalties, gifts, products and samples – when are these allowed and what is the criteria?
  • The code – what are the minimum standards for member companies and are they more stringent than national laws and regulations, and professional codes (including company ones)?

Hospital and Theatre Access suite – includes all courses

£39+ VAT

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