Code of Conduct Review
The Medicines Australia Code of Conduct has been in operation since the early 1960s.
Medicines Australia is undertaking a review of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct. The Code was last reviewed between August 2011 and June 2012, with the 17th Edition of the Code authorised by the ACCC on 20 December 2012; Edition 17 came into effect on 11 January 2013. The ACCC granted authorisation of the Code for two years, with the expectation that the Transparency Working Group would complete its work on a transparency model by June 2013.
The Code review will primarily consider the inclusion of further measures in the Code to provide transparency about payments or other transfers of value from pharmaceutical companies to healthcare professionals. A Transparency Model – Consultation and Discussion Paper, prepared by the Transparency Working Group, is available on the Medicines Australia website (please follow link). In addition, we would welcome your comments on any other aspect of the Code of Conduct (Edition 17), including any areas that you consider require amendment or areas that are not adequately covered by the Code.
Submissions are invited from individuals, healthcare professional or patient organisations, pharmaceutical companies and other interested parties. Submissions should be made by Friday 20 September 2013.
It is not necessary to comment on every provision of the Code. However when making your submission we request that you identify which specific provision or section of the Code you are commenting on, to ensure a robust review by the Code Review Panel of your submission. Also, it is very helpful if you include proposed new or amended wording for inclusion in the Code.
Please send submissions addressed to the Code of Conduct Manager:
Mail: Secretary Code of Conduct Committee
16 Napier Close
DEAKIN ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6122 8555
If you require any assistance, please contact Medicines Australia on (02) 6122 8500.
An indicative timeline for the Code of Conduct Review and implementation of the revised edition of the Code is provided below.
Health Consumer Workshops
During the review of the Code of Conduct in 2013-14 Medicines Australia organised workshops to assist consumers to engage in the review process. The workshops were held in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and were independently facilitated by Ms Ann Porcino, RPR Consulting. The Report of the Consumer Workshops is available below.
Page updated: January 2014