Quality (37) Free and virtual Business Ethics Forum in medical industries in Asia-Pacific

21 June, 2021

Dear HIFA Colleagues,

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has a free and online Business Ethics Forum starting in June and running over the next four months. It's focus is health and particularly ethics in the industries providing medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. They say they welcome broad participation (including patient representatives): it is free to register and attend. They are developing updated ethics and principles statements in both sectors. Their invitation appears below.

Dear APEC Business Ethics for SMEs Partners,

We are honored to invite you to join the 8th APEC Business Ethics for SMEs Forum. This year's forum will take place virtually through a series of dynamic, interactive sessions from June-October 2021.

The Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative is the world's largest public private partnership dedicated to reinforcing business ethics and integrity across health systems, which has taken on greater significance amidst COVID-19 response and recovery. The Forum will commence with a series of meetings dedicated to Consensus Frameworks across the APEC region, where participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with these unique ethical collaborations. The Forum will also include roundtables dedicated to patient organizations and healthcare professional associations, as well as expert panels on emerging ethical dilemmas in patient data and ethical business practices in the context of Environmental, Social, and Governance. These activities, and much more, will culminate in a high-level plenary session that will include the launch of modernized APEC Kuala Lumpur Principles for the Medical Device Sector and APEC Mexico City Principles for the Biopharmaceutical Sector, among many other exciting announcements.

Interested participants are invited to visit the online delegate portal for more information about the sessions and to register for the Forum. The first session will take place at 10:30 AM (EDT) / 10:30 PM (SGT), Tuesday, 22 June, featuring the Canadian Consensus Framework. Once your registration application is submitted and accepted, you will be able to access the Forum's virtual live stage for all event sessions. Please return to the portal on a regular basis for updates, including schedule, speakers, and pre-reading materials.

If you have any questions, please contact apecethics@crowell.com. For further information about the Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative, please visit https://klprinciples.apec.org/ (medical device sector) and https://mcprinciples.apec.org/ (biopharmaceutical sector).

We hope you will join your colleagues from around the world to participate in the 2021 APEC Business Ethics for SMEs Forum.

Kind Regards,

Stakeholder Liaison

Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative


Dr Ann Lawless,

Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

HIFA profile: Ann Lawless is a sociologist and patient representative, currently based in Australia. She has worked in a community health centre as a health worker, has taught health issues at university level including Indigenous health; and has an active and long term interest in health advocacy. She is a member of the HIFA-WHO working group on Learning for quality health services.



Email: lawlesszest AT yahoo.com