Christopher . L. White, Esq

Christopher L. White, Esq. is Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).

Mr. White serves as the Association’s Chief Legal Officer and manages AdvaMed’s Legal Committee to develop and promote legal policy positions enhancing patient access to medical technology. Mr. White also leads the Association’s global working groups on legal policy and compliance. He testified before state and federal legislative committees on priority legal policy issues; led the drafting team revising the AdvaMed Code; and led the multinational negotiating team to draft the Kuala Lumpur Principles, harmonizing industry Codes of Ethics in Asia.

He serves as a frequent speaker and author on industry legal and compliance issues. As Chief Legal Officer, he also manages the Association’s HR, governance, and provides counsel on contract, corporate, tax exemption, and legislative and regulatory matters.

Mr. White is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he studied cell biology, and Catholic University Law School.

He is an avid sailor, cyclist and beekeeper.

As a compliance professional, it’s exciting to witness new Codes of Ethics take root worldwide. Voluntary industry Codes of Ethics serve several important functions. A credible Code demonstrates industry’s ability to self-regulate, in turn fostering consumer and governmental trust and confidence. A Code centers stakeholders on the most meaningful business principles that the entire industry can stand behind-- in our industry’s case, addressing interactions to advance medical innovation and patient health. Effective, living Codes nurture a compliance community and guide business leaders and professionals through the complexities of dynamic marketplaces. While all new Codes are essential to instill confidence in medical decision making and preserve innovation, perhaps among the most meaningful industry ethics work is in China. Why China? - Market magnitude: The Chinese medical device marketplace ranks as the world’s third largest. Almost three years ago, there were about 16,000 medical device manufacturers and over 160,000 medical device distributors in China. And yet, despite these staggering numbers, recent reports show that the Chinese device marketplace is underdeveloped when compared to other countries. Demographic and other trends also contribute to growing healthcare needs: the population is aging, people are living longer and healthier lives; the middle class is rapidly growing; and public and private health care spending are increasing in response to patient demands for better and more modern medical care. - Enforcement trends and complexity: Increased scrutiny and far-reaching enforcement are accompanying rapid health sector growth. Chinese anti-corruption efforts made headlines now familiar to compliance professionals in the US and EU. Multiple ministries and national and regional authorities exercise health sector oversight. Recent pronouncements such as the New Donation Rules and The Nine Prohibitions both provide clarity and raise new questions, and it can be difficult to discern precedent in general. Based on these and other trends, an industry...