Renata De Travieso

The Advamed Latin America Compliance Conference and the upcoming Global MedTech Compliance Conference Sometimes I feel that compliance is like a jigsaw puzzle where every new piece brings us closer to the complete picture: Codes of Ethics. After being heavily involved in the adoption of the MedTech Europe Code of Business Ethical Practice , during my time as Legal & Compliance Manager at MedTech Europe, I have been amazed during the AdvaMed Latin America Compliance Conference 2017 by the similarities of debates taking place in Europe and in Latin America. One of my conclusions is that adherence to ethical standards goes beyond borders and supersedes geopolitical considerations to reach common objectives. Held in Bogota in February, key stakeholders coming from Latin America, US and Europe have been discussing worldwide trends that Latin America is also experimenting. Most of the countries (e.g. Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil) have adopted Code of Ethics, and some of them (e.g. Colombia, Mexico) have already banned the direct sponsorship of Healthcare Professionals to attend Third Party Organised Events. Other countries are currently considering to: (i) phase out the direct sponsorship (e.g. Brazil); (ii) implement a transparency system (e.g. Colombia) with the same philosophy as the Europe and/or the US framework; (iii) reinforce anti-bribery laws (e.g. Colombia, Brazil, Mexico). Thus, noteworthy initiatives are spreading in Latin America: within a context of public scandals and corruption [1] (e.g. “ Mensalão ”, “ Car wash ”, “ Prosthesis Mafia ” scandals), the Brazilian Association of Medical Technology (ABIMED) created multilateral working groups involving public authorities, Committee of Ethics and medical societies to reinforce their Code of Ethics and to strengthen the prevention, the monitoring and the sanctions applicable to all forms of corruption. I would also point out another key challenge that speakers tried to address: how to involve...