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The EFPIA Code of Practice
The EFPIA Code constitutes the collection of ethical rules agreed by EFPIA members for the Promotion of Medicinal Products to healthcare professionals (HCPs) and the interactions with HCPs, healthcare organisations (HCOs) and patients' organisations (POs), with the intent of guaranteeing that these activities are conducted while respecting the most stringent ethical principles of professionalism and responsibility.

This Code applies to all types of communication and interaction (traditional and digital).

As a member of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), the EFPIA Code embodies the principles of the IFPMA Code and Ethos that serve to instil a culture of ethics and integrity needed to guide the industry’s interactions with the healthcare and patient community.
COVID-19: EFPIA and IFPMA-PhRMA ethical guidance
During the COVID-19 pandemic, EFPIA and its members remained fully committed to EFPIA Code requirements. We have continued implementing and applying the highest ethical standards as well as applicable laws and regulations such as competition, data protection, anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation.

The EFPIA ethical principles have helped in assessing urgently the appropriateness of activities:
- Patients first
- Integrity
- Respect
- Transparency

Nevertheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted the transposition of the EFPIA Code in the national Codes and the disclosure provisions. Therefore, EFPIA has drafted guidance to extend certain time periods in relation to meeting commitments relevant to these two specific topics.

Due to the lockdown, the interactions and activities that are needed to maintain the scientific exchange, have moved to virtual to protect the health and safety of patients and healthcare professionals. In addition to maintaining the EFPIA, IFPMA, and PhRMA Codes of Practice standards in virtual settings. The 3 organisations have decided, for the first time, to jointly issue guidance on Virtual International Medical Congresses impacted by COVID-19, which will be in effect until December 31, 2020. Besides this joint guidance, EFPIA guidance includes the decision endorsed by the EFPIA members in May to prohibit the provision of meals for the healthcare professionals attending individually a virtual congress.
EFPIA DisclosureCollaboration between pharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals (HCPs) and healthcare organisations (HCOs) benefits patients. It is a relationship that has delivered numerous innovative medicines and changed the way many diseases impact on our lives.
 
Furthermore, patient organisations (POs) play a critical role in Europe’s healthcare: from prevention and awareness, through research and development, regulatory and HTA decision making, to service design and outcomes measurement.
 
Bringing greater transparency to this already well-regulated and vital relationship, builds understanding of industry-POs and HCPs/HCOs collaboration and, in the context of increasing societal expectations on transparency, addresses directly public concerns about interactions between the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry.
 
That is why, on a voluntary basis, EFPIA has decided to disclose the amounts provided to POs, HCPs and HCOs.
Annual code reportAt EFPIA, the Ethics & Compliance activities are organised within the framework of the Codes Committee (composed only of the representatives from the Member Associations) and the Ethics & Compliance Committee (composed of the representatives from the Member Companies and Associations).

Based on the EFPIA Code requirements, the Codes Committee must publish an annual code report which summarizes the work and activities which have taken place in connection with the implementation, development and enforcement of the various national codes during the applicable year, based on the country reports provided by the Member Associations (Annex 1 – 2019 National Code reports).

In addition to these national Code reports, EFPIA includes in this report an overview of the Ethics & Compliance activities conducted by EFPIA during 2019 and into mid-2020.
Other Code materials 
Scorecard Drinks and Meals
According to Art.10.05 of the EFPIA Code, Member Companies must not provide or offer any meal (food and beverages) to HCPs, HCOs’ members or POs’ Representatives, unless, in each case, the value of such meal does not exceed the monetary threshold set by the relevant Member Association in its National Code (following the “Host Country Principle”). 

Below the Scorecard defining the threshold on Meals and Drinks of the EFPIA Member Associations.