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Consultation on proposals to amend the 2014 ABPI Code of Practice

The consultation has now closed.

Consultation launched on proposed changes to the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Constitution and Procedure for the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority


The consultation has now closed.

Changes are proposed to the 2014 ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry and the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure. 

There are a number of reasons for the changes including the work done by the group established by the ABPI Board to review the Code.  Additional changes are also needed to implement fully the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations (EFPIA) Code on Disclosure of Transfers of Value from Pharmaceutical Companies to Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Organisations.  Updates to the EFPIA Disclosure Code and the EFPIA Code on the Promotion of Prescription-Only Medicines to, and Interactions with, Healthcare Professionals were agreed at the EFPIA General Assembly on 6 June 2014.  The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) consultation as part of the red tape challenge and the regular update of the Code and its operation have also resulted in proposals. 

The following​ documents set out proposals to amend the ABPI Code and the Constitution and Procedure.

1 - Proposals to amend the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry
2 - Proposals to amend the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure
3 - EFPIA Disclosure Code
4 - EFPIA Template
5 - EFPIA HCP Code
6 - Draft template (UK amendments to EFPIA version).  (Further work maybe required.  The differences between the EFPIA template and the UK template are limited to those changes necessary to reflect requirements of the ABPI Code and to provide the data in a form suitable for the ABPI searchable database.
The consultation​ has now closed.

The timetable is as follows:
Friday, 11 July           

Proposals sent to ABPI members, non members that have agreed to comply with the Code and those organisations cited in the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure.  Proposals put on the PMCPA website for public consultation.
Friday, 5 September              

Consultation closes.

Tuesday, 7 October               

Final proposals to be agreed by the ABPI Board of Management.

Thursday, 20 November        

Proposals to be before the ABPI Half-Yearly General Meeting.

Thursday, 1 January 2015     

New Code to come into operation.