For more information, please e-mail the CRF Press Office at or call (646) 434-4608.


Embargo Policy for TCT 2019 

Please note that press conference presentations of late-breaking trials and science at TCT are held prior to the Main Arena presentations as a courtesy to the media. Embargoes do not lift until the start time of each individual Main Arena presentation, as listed in the TCT agenda. All embargo times are listed in Pacific Time (PT). This schedule is subject to change.

 *Please note: The press conference for Sunday trials will be held on the morning of Saturday, September 28th.

Press Conference Schedule 


The following Directors and Co-Directors of TCT and/or CRF are available for interviews:

To submit an interview request for one of these experts, please contact:

Irma Damhuis
Director, External Relations
Tel: (646) 434-4690

Judy Romero
Associate Director, External Relations
Tel: (646) 434-4608



Properly credentialed members of the media (providing proof of credentials) receive complimentary press registration to TCT as well as access to embargoed press materials, press briefings, and the press room.

Press credentials to cover meetings presented by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) will be granted to journalists who are employed by accredited news organizations attending the meeting for the purpose of editorial coverage.

CRF reserves the right to grant press privileges to individuals on a case-by-case basis; registration at previous CRF or TCT meetings does not guarantee approval.

Press credentials will be granted to reporters from the following types of news media:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Wire services
  • Broadcast media
  • Trade media: medical, science, pharmaceutical, cardiology, device, and allied healthcare publications
  • Online media
  • Accredited freelance medical and science writers

A maximum of three (3) individuals per news organization will be permitted to register as press for CRF meetings unless granted special permission by CRF. Registered members of the media are required to wear press badges at all times throughout the meeting.


Media, investigators, organizations issuing press releases, and others with access to research accepted for presentation during TCT are required to abide by the embargo policies governing the TCT scientific symposium.

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation embargoes information presented as a late-breaking clinical trial or late-breaking science. Coverage of these studies is strictly prohibited until the start time of each trial’s official Main Arena presentation as listed in the TCT 2019 Program on the official TCT website. No journalist, exhibitor, or university (or affiliated organization or company) may disseminate information until the trial’s official Main Arena presentation time. All embargo times are listed in Pacific time (PT). There are no strict embargoes for research presented as Keynote Interventional Studies, oral abstracts, or poster abstracts.

Please be advised that any journalist violating the Embargo Policy will have his or her press credentials immediately revoked and will not be granted press credentials for future CRF meetings.


CRF promotes the free exchange and rapid dissemination of educational content from our meetings. The slides from CRF-sponsored courses and symposia are immediately posted on to facilitate scientific discourse and enhance patient care.

Non-flash photography and audio or video recordings made using handheld equipment for strictly personal, educational, and/or social use, if not disruptive, are permitted at all CRF meetings. Communicating through social media—including posting brief audio and video clips—is strongly encouraged provided that embargo rules for late-breaking clinical trials and science are honored. However, posting or livestreaming entire sessions or live cases, or the use of any CRF course content for commercial purposes, is strictly prohibited (out of respect for patient privacy with regards to live cases).

In order to photograph or record video for the purpose of news coverage, members of the media must carry an official TCT camera badge during TCT 2019. Members of the press are required to obtain written approval from CRF before filming, recording, or taking photographs.

Please note that even once approval to film and/or photograph is obtained:

  • Camera crews must be accompanied by a CRF representative
  • Filming, videotaping, and photography are limited to agreed-upon terms

Photography, videotaping, or recording must cease if it is deemed unwanted, disruptive, or a hazard by any representative of CRF or TCT.

Please note: The Moscone Center’s Film/Video Crew Guidelines require that union shadow labor must accompany video crews filming in the convention center. If you need assistance in hiring and coordinating shadow labor, please contact Mike Neely from The Moscone Center at

For further information or to request permission for filming, videotaping, and photography, please email


Members of the media with credentialed press badges will have access to the press room during its hours of operation. Additional interview space may be available by appointment only; please contact the press office for reservations.

Researchers presenting data at a TCT 2019 media briefing are permitted to invite a maximum of three (3) company and/or institutional representatives to attend the portion of the briefing that relates to their particular study. Guests of media briefing participants may not engage in promotional discussions during the briefings or inside the briefing room.

Public relations representatives of companies exhibiting at TCT 2019 will not have access to the press room and are prohibited from soliciting media in the press room. They may, however, call upon the press room staff to help them facilitate media requests. Press and corporate representatives are expected to be respectful of reporters' needs and deadlines. Press room staff will provide a bulletin board where representatives may leave messages for journalists.

These policies were last updated February 4, 2019 and are subject to change. Please check with the CRF Press Office for further updates.


For journalists:

  • Media identification (such as an international accredited press pass) issued by a recognized news organization
  • Business card clearly stating affiliation with a news organization (see above for qualified types of news media) and position (e.g., editor, publisher, writer, reporter, producer, etc.)
  • Letter on official letterhead from the editor of a publication/website or producer of a broadcast program certifying the journalist’s affiliation and verifying their assignment to the meeting (must include the editor's contact information)
  • National Association of Science Writers or International Science Writers Association membership card

For journalism students:

  • A letter on official school letterhead, signed by a department professor, verifying the student’s assignment to the meeting (including the professor’s contact information)

For freelance journalists:

  • Copies of cardiology-related bylined articles and an official letter of assignment from an accredited news organization

For newsletter media:

  • Current issues of the newsletter containing at least one bylined article covering cardiology; if a representative was registered as media at a previous CRF meeting, one of the issues submitted must illustrate the resulting editorial coverage

For reporters from online media, medical publishing companies, healthcare societies and associations, and university publications:

  • Appropriate media credentials as noted above for journalists
  • Demonstration of the following criteria: original editorial news coverage and editorial freedom from advertisers/sponsors or, if sponsored, multiple clearly identified sponsors (single-sponsor outlets are not eligible)

For bloggers:

  • Bloggers must provide the URL of the website for which they are writing
  • Examples of posts that demonstrate recent coverage of cardiology topics of interest to physicians and/or general patient audiences must be supplied

For documentary film crews and video production companies:

  • A written request must be submitted no less than three weeks prior to the start of TCT 2019
  • The request should include information about the company, the purpose of attending the meeting, a synopsis of the film/video/documentary, and the sources of financial support for the project

Press credentials will not be issued to the following representatives:

  • Financial or industry analysts
  • Publication advertising/sales representatives
  • Spouses and other guests of journalists attending the meeting
  • Advertising, marketing, or public relations representatives from exhibitor companies or agencies
  • Representatives of organizations that produce publications, websites, video, and/or other media intended for internal use, marketing, advertising, financial analysis, or public relations purposes
  • Organizations whose main objective is to promote a product or service (e.g., marketing, advertising, financial analysts, or public relations personnel)
  • Industry representatives, representatives from in-house and industry newsletters or magazines, and representatives of corporate, university, or hospital public relations, advertising, or marketing departments
  • Representatives from medical education companies attending CRF meetings for the purpose of creating continuing medical education or other commercial educational content
  • Physicians and other medical providers seeking Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. We respectfully request that you acquire the appropriate paid registration to obtain CME credit/documentation


Individuals with complimentary press badges who violate CRF press policies will immediately forfeit press credentials for the meeting as well as any subsequent meetings. Press policy violations include:

  • Misrepresentation for the purpose of obtaining press credentials
  • Selling, marketing, or representing a company for the purposes of obtaining advertising and/or subscriptions from any registrant or exhibitor marketing a product or service displayed at a CRF meeting
  • Sharing or distributing embargoed media materials beyond those immediately involved in the development of news coverage prior to the embargo lift
  • Engaging in product promotion that implies CRF endorsement and/or usage of the CRF logo without the express written consent of CRF
  • Developing or collecting materials to assist in the development of CME programs or materials and/or soliciting presenters or writers for CME programs or publications
  • Publishing or posting press conference slides, abstracts, posters, or substantial portions of these materials. These are provided to the media to assist in the development of original news coverage only and are not intended for copy, sale, or redistribution