Action Plan (2017-2020)
Pursuant to the “Basic Coalition Terms” adopted in February 2017, the Inter-American Coalition of Business Ethics for the Medical Technology Sector (“the Coalition”) will work together to promote the highest ethical standards for medical technology companies and to convene other interested parties that interact with the health industry for this purpose in the countries of the Western Hemisphere.
This Action Plan will pursue three primary outcomes through 2020, with the aim to achieve the Coalition’s mission to reduce the adverse consequences of unethical business practices on the medical technology sector. These primary outcomes include:
- Draft and adopt Coalition principles for ethical business practices in the medical technology sector (“the Bogotá Principles”), applicable to industry and other relevant stakeholders across the Western Hemisphere;
- Facilitate the adoption and implementation of codes of ethics – aligned with the Bogotá Principles – by every medical device manufacturer, including diagnostics, and distributor association within the Western Hemisphere; and
- Demonstrate the implementation of each industry association’s code of ethics by a majority of the member companies while facilitating adherence to the Coalition’s Bogota Principles by other relevant stakeholders across the Western Hemisphere.
This Action Plan may pursue three additional outcomes through 2020. These include:
- Launch of national-level, multi-stakeholder partnerships between the medical technology industry and other interested parties within each country across the Western Hemisphere with the aim to implement the provisions of the Bogotá Principles;
- Pursue one national-level, unified code of ethics that covers all medical device manufacturers, including diagnostics, and distributors within each country; and
- Launch network of medical device experts, including diagnostics, to develop business ethics curriculum and to implement the curriculum through training with industry associations.
Action Plan Management
This Action Plan will be overseen by the Coalition’s Executive Committee as set in the “Terms of Governance.” The Coalition’s Technical Secretariat may support the Executive Committee to achieve the outcomes in this Action Plan.
Annual Coalition Meeting
Coalition partners agree to convene a meeting at least twice per year, at least once in person, to assess progress on implementation of this Action Plan. The meeting will also serve as a multi-stakeholder platform to exchange views, share best practices, develop guidance, and announce new partnerships, following the format utilized in Lima (7 September 2016) and Bogotá (20 February 2017). These meetings may take place as a standalone session and/or be convened on the margins of official inter-governmental meetings, compliance conferences, or otherwise. Locations for this annual meeting may include:
2018: Sao Paulo, Brazil
2019: Santiago, Chile
2020: Mexico City, Mexico
Timeline for Primary Outcomes
|Primary Outcome: Draft and adopt Coalition principles for ethical business practices in the medical technology sector (“the Bogotá Principles”), applicable to industry and other relevant stakeholders across the Western Hemisphere.|
|Primary Outcome: Facilitate the adoption and implementation of codes of ethics – aligned with the Bogotá Principles – by every medical device and diagnostic manufacturer and distributor association within the Western Hemisphere.|
|Primary Outcome: Demonstrate the implementation of each industry association’s code of ethics by a majority of the member companies.|
Annual Coalition Assessment and Progress Report: The Executive Committee and Technical Secretariat may consider preparing an annual assessment and progress report with Coalition members. The assessment may produce the following outputs for assembly into a progress report: data on code of ethics implementation by associations and their member enterprises; identification of gaps and barriers to progress; and, identification of multi-stakeholder collaboration opportunities.
Coalition Website and Digital Resources: The Executive Committee and Technical Secretariat may consider designing a digital platform for Coalition members and relevant stakeholders that contains training resources, documentation and other information (on activities, collaborations, codes of ethics, media releases and translated materials, among others). The site may facilitate digital training modules as well as the exchange of information and best practices.
Advocacy with Inter-Governmental Forums: The Coalition may engage with, report progress, and seek endorsements of its work through inter-governmental forums in the Western Hemisphere, including: the Americas Competitiveness Forum, Summit of the Americas, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, and the Pacific Alliance, among others.
Country-Specific Strategies: The Coalition may support Members develop strategies through 2020 for countries within the region to strengthen ethical business practices and achieve the action plan’s objectives.