In order for the EADV to be compliant with the prevailing EU Directive (2001/83/EC, article 86), Belgian legislation and the Belgian Code of Deontology for the Pharmaceutical Industry (Pharma.be, December 2013), on the advertising and promotion of prescription only medicines, the EADV will restrict access in the exhibition area and applicable industry sessions.
As a multidisciplinary audience will be attending the 14th EADV Spring Symposium in Brussels, the EADV will assign different badges to Healthcare Professionals (HCP) and NON-Healthcare Professionals (NON-HCP) to ensure compliance with the above regulations.
For the purposes of advertising of medicinal products, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) defines Healthcare Professionals as:
Any person qualified to prescribe or deliver medicinal products, such as:
Advertising of prescription medicines is strictly prohibited to the general public and the general public is defined as those persons not qualified to prescribe or deliver medicines. Physiotherapists, nurses and pharmacy assistants are placed in the same category as the general public for the enforcement of the advertising regulation.
Industry Participants, Nurses, Students, Press, Pharmacy Assistants and Patient Organisation Representatives will not be allowed entry to the exhibition area, satellite symposia and meet-the-expert sessions, and will automatically be classified as NON-Healthcare Professionals.