Implementing the new ABHI Code of Business Practice - update

The ABHI has corrected a “typo” in the new ABHI Code which is relevant to the bulk of the new ABHI Code which will enter into force on 01 January 2018.

Amendment to the ABHI Code of Business Practice (ABHI Code)

Members of the ABHI will be aware that the ABHI is implementing large sections of the new MedTech Europe Code in a revised version of the ABHI Code, with the bulk of the new ABHI Code entering into force on 01 January 2018 (please see our previous article).

The new ABHI Code previously stated that from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2018 no material or activity will be regarded as being in breach of the new ABHI Code if it fails to comply with its provisions only because of requirements introduced by the new ABHI Code. The ABHI has now corrected the ABHI Code so that the end date is 31 December 2017.

Whilst this amendment is relevant for the majority of the new ABHI Code, it does not directly affect provisions dealing with prohibiting direct sponsorship to healthcare professionals (HCPs), which come into force on 01 January 2018 but are subject to a transition period such that by 31 December 2018 ABHI members must have ceased direct support to HCPs.

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