A new set of guidelines to promote positive engagement and working practices between healthcare professionals and industry across the UK was launched on Thursday 29 March 2012.
The collaborative guidance has been formulated by the Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG). The group comprises of leading figures from the professional, representative and regulatory bodies from the health professional community and life sciences industry.
Healthcare leaders from a wide range of organisations signed up to the collaborative guidance they include: Department of Health (DH), the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government, Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the British Medical Association (BMA), and the ABPI.
Commenting on the launch, Stephen Whitehead, ABPI Chief Executive, said: “This collaborative way of working is becoming increasingly common and we already have many examples that show how effective it can be. The publication of this statement by a broad base of health organisations will help assure professionals of the good work they are doing and make all sides aware of their responsibilities. Ultimately, we hope this will encourage further collaborative working and in turn, greater strides will be made in improving the health of patients.”
Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Co-chair of the ESHLSG, said: “I welcome the setting up of the Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group as a positive step forward in promoting collaboration between healthcare and the pharmaceutical and devices industry. There are many real benefits to be gained by working together in an open and transparent manner and this new set of guidelines are an excellent start. I urge all health professionals to embrace them.”
The launch of the publication is an example of the pharmaceutical industry and wider healthcare professional bodies coming together to help improve patient care and clinical outcomes.