The Italian Pharmaceutical Agency (AIFA) has recently enacted guidelines on the participation of AIFA personnel in external activities. These guidelines are likely to be of interest to companies who organise congresses, conferences and other events that seek to involve AIFA personnel.
Under these new guidelines, the event organiser must apply to AIFA using the relevant form downloadable from the AIFA website. This application, duly filled in, must be sent to AIFA at least 30 days before the relevant event date for approval or rejection.
All invitations from pharmaceutical companies and/or sponsored by pharmaceutical companies as well as all those cases where participation of AIFA personnel may give rise to a conflict of interest for AIFA will be refused.
AIFA personnel taking part in the event as speakers, lecturers and/or moderators will generally receive remuneration from the organiser based on AIFA's table of charges. All payments must be made in favour of AIFA and in accordance with the formalities indicated in the aforesaid template form.
Finally, the guidelines give instructions on when and how to publish any educational materials provided by AIFA.