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Training Session for RDPAC-HKAPI Guidance on interactions with hospitals & HCP in GBA

In response to members’ feedback following the announcement of the RDPAC-HKAPI Guidance on interactions with hospitals and HCPs in GBA, the Ethics & Compliance working group and the GBA task force of HKAPI co-organized a training session on 28 March 2024. Around 70 members actively participated in the training.

The training session commenced with an opening speech by Mr Derek Chang, Board member and sponsor of the GBA task force. Derek provided an introduction to the objectives of this training and the development of the Guidance, setting the stage for the subsequent discussions.

Our guest speaker Mr Lee Jing, Head of Compliance of RDPAC, then took the floor to deliver an overview of the current compliance environment in Mainland China. Lee’s presentation provided important insights to help HKAPI members navigate the complexities of the GBA market.

Continuing with the program, Mr Stephen Lee, a member of the GBA task force, briefly explained the definition of eligible drugs and designated hospitals, which are key concepts of the Measure of using Hong Kong/ Macau registered drugs and medical devices in GBA.

Mr Patrick Tong and Mr Kenneth Choi, co-leads of the Ethics & Compliance working group, then delved into various scenarios mentioned in the Guidance. They also emphasized that member companies should adhere to both the RDPAC Code of Practice and the HKAPI Code of Practice. Companies should follow the stricter requirements among the Codes and the Joint Guidance applicable to their respective situations.

The training session also included a Q&A session, during which the speakers addressed members’ questions that had been collected before the training, as well as on-site inquiries.

Ms Bertha Ho, a member of the E&C working group, provided an explanation of the immigration and visa requirements for Hong Kong residents working in the Mainland, ensuring that participants had a comprehensive understanding of the practical considerations involved.

Finally, Ms Sabrina Chan, Senior Executive Director of HKAPI, delivered a closing speech to thank all members for their continued support.

Training materials are available in the Member’s Area.

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