THE STRUCTURAL HEART DISEASE SUMMIT 2018

International Travel Support

Educational allowances and support for Non-US Based Healthcare Professionals to attend TVT.

Effective January 1, 2018, MedTech Europe: Code of Ethical Business, AdvaMed, and APACMed prohibit Medical Device Companies (MDCs) from providing direct financial sponsorship for registration, housing, travel, and meals to Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) to attend medical education conferences or training programs such as TVT.

However, Medical Device Companies may give restricted educational grants to certain organizations to provide financial support to non-US based healthcare professionals to attend TVT or similar medical educational events. For the complete MedTech rules, click here.

1. Healthcare Organizations

Medical Device Companies are permitted to provide educational grants to hospitals. The hospital administrator is responsible for allocating grants to eligible health care professionals. Check with your cath lab director or hospital administrator for more information.

2. National Society

Medical Device Companies are permitted to provide educational grants to national societies. Each Society will be responsible for allocating grants to eligible health care professionals. Check with your Society for more information.

3. Trusted Third-Party Organization

A few MedTech compliant, trusted-third party organizations have been approved to seek educational grants from Medical Device Companies to provide financial support to eligible health care professionals to attend medical meetings such as TVT. A few are listed below for your reference. For a complete list, click here.

MedTech Trusted Third-Party Region Contact Email
CREST India/Asia Aldrin Gomes
KIT Group GmbH Europe/Russia Ben Hainsworth
SWME North America/Latin America Grants & Scholarships SWME Grants Page
The Heart Team Europe/Russia Eva Butler
THT Poland Europe/Russia Karolina Widawska

Important: These third parties are not affiliated, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), the official sponsor of TVT.

Guideline FAQs

Q. What is MedTech Europe?
A. MedTech Europe represents the medical technology industry in Europe and is an alliance of European medical technology industry associations. The alliance currently has two members: (1) the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA), representing the European in vitro diagnostic industry, and (2) Eucomed, representing the European medical devices industry.

Q. Who is a healthcare professional?
A. From the MedTech Code: A Healthcare Professional (HCP) means any individual (with a clinical or non-clinical role; whether a government official, or employee or representative of a government agency or other public or private sector organization; including but not limited to physicians, nurses, technicians, laboratory scientists, researchers, research coordinators, or procurement professionals) that in the course of their professional activities may directly or indirectly purchase, lease, recommend, administer, use, supply, procure, or determine the purchase or lease of, or who may prescribe medical technologies or related services. 

Q. What other regions have new guidelines?
• Asia - APACMed
• China - AdvaMed
• Middle East - Mecomed

Q. What if I am Faculty or a Presenter?
A. Healthcare Professionals, regardless of their status as Faculty, Presenter, or Attendee, must adhere to the medical device industry guidelines regulating physician support in their country.

Q. If I am a Speaker at an Industry Sponsored Satellite, can I get direct support?
A. Industry may directly support speakers for Industry sponsored satellite sessions. From the MedTech Code: Member Companies may engage Healthcare Professionals as consultants and advisors to provide bona fide consulting and other services, including but not limited to research, participation on advisory boards, presentations at Company Events, and product development. Member Companies may pay for expenses reasonably incurred by consultants in providing the services which are the subject of the consulting agreement including reasonable travel, meals, and accommodation expenses incurred by consultants if attending meetings with, or on behalf of Member Companies.

Q. How much are the grants?
A. There is no specific amount for grants. The grant amount is determined by the Medical Device Company.

TVT 2018 has been approved as COMPLIANT with MedTech Europe, AdvaMed and APACMed’s Code of Ethical Business Practices.

Should you have any additional questions please contact:
Elizabeth Burke
Marketing Project Manager, Center for Education