Promotion at international events/meetings held in the UK may, on occasion, pose certain problems with regard to medicines or indications for medicines which do not have a marketing authorisation in the UK although they are so authorised in another major industrialised country.
The display and provision of promotional material for such medicines is permitted at international events/meetings in the UK provided that the following conditions are met:
• the event/meeting must be truly international, of high scientific standing and with a significant proportion of the attendees from countries outside the UK in which the product is licensed
• the medicine or indication must be relevant and proportional to the purpose of the event/meeting
• promotional material for a medicine or indication that does not have a UK marketing authorisation must be clearly and prominently labelled to that effect
• in relation to an unlicensed indication, UK approved prescribing information must be readily available for a medicine authorised in the UK even though it will not refer to the unlicensed indication
• the names must be given of countries in which the medicine or indication is authorised which must include at least one major developed country; and it must be stated that registration conditions differ from country to country
• the material is certified in accordance with Clause 8, except that the signatories need certify only that in their belief, the material is a fair and truthful presentation of the facts about the medicine.