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February 23, 2015

Latin America Conference Spotlights Compliance Trends & Best Practices In Rapidly Evolving Market

Separate AdvaMed-AMID Workshop to Provide Distributor Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The medical technology industry’s commitment to integrity in medical decision making and purchasing will take center stage at the Advanced Medical Technology Association’s annual Latin America Compliance Conference Feb. 23-25, 2015, in Mexico City, Mexico.

“Presented this year in partnership with AMID, the Mexican Association of Innovative Medical Device Industries, this is the industry’s premier Latin American gathering for addressing compliance challenges facing medical technology companies in the region and elsewhere,” said Christopher L. White, AdvaMed senior executive vice president, general counsel.

“The conference will bring together senior executives, regulators, legal counsel, compliance professionals, international policymakers, distributor reps and industry observers to proactively share and discuss the major and emerging compliance trends and best practices,” White added.

This year’s agenda features a variety of sessions and roundtables addressing anti-corruption trends, distributor risk management and transparency, among other ethics-related topics. The separate AdvaMed-AMID Joint Distributor Training and Discussion workshop Feb. 26, also in Mexico City, complements the main conference program, providing an important compliance training opportunity for medical technology distributors in the region.

“Developed by industry and association leaders for the medtech industry, this joint conference will help educate participants as well as encourage interactive, best-practices discussions on timely global compliance issues,” said AMID President Pablo F. Davila, who is also C.R. Bard’s head of Latin America North.

“Progress in medical technology depends on health care marketplaces built on a foundation of transparent and ethical business practices,” said Ralph F. Ives, AdvaMed executive vice president, global strategy and analysis. “Our goal is to ensure interactions between industry, distributors and health care providers that are appropriate and transparent. By supporting compliance with industry codes of ethics and anti-corruption efforts, we help ensure worldwide patient access to life-changing innovations.”

The conference will include participation by key leaders of medical technology businesses and associations throughout the Latin America region, including Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico and the United States. The program will be provided in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation.

Specific conference program topics will include:

  • Compliance from a Regulatory Perspective;
  • Best Practices and Compliance Challenges;
  • Promoting Ethical Interactions and Compliance In Practice;
  • Key Trends and Updates from Latin America Association Leaders;
  • Promoting Transparency in Health Care Provider Interactions;
  • Actions Against Illegal Marketing of Medical Devices;
  •  Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Legal Framework;
  • Enforcement-Risk Case Studies; and
  •  New Business Models in the Context of Compliance.

To access the full program for the conference, and the distributor training and discussion, please click here. To visit the registration page, click here.

Media inquiries may be addressed to AdvaMed in the U.S.: Wanda Moebius at (202) 434-7240 (wmoebius@AdvaMed.org), or Fernanda Machado at (202) 434-7205 (fmachado@AdvaMed.org). In Mexico, media inquiries to AMID may be addressed to Eduardo Valentin at +5255 5545 5035, ext. 241.

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AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.