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    MedComms Networking - 26 September 2017


    First a huge shout out to the Sponsors of MedComms Networking - let's make this #HugASponsorWeek because without them, all this simply couuldn't happen. Yesterday was our sixth 6-monthly meeting, in London. This time we were joined for the first session by Marie-Claire Pickaert, Deputy Director General at The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) who came over from Brussels to talk about trends in the industry that might impact on medical communications. Our second session. as always, covered a wide range of pertinent topics including the thorny topic of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is something everyone needs to be looking into before May 2018. Also, what does happen over time to all the medical writers who start in MedComms? We're going to try and investigate.

    For me an important discussion point was around whether I was wasting my time or not developing the library of free webcasts. Apparently not, so I'm sticking with it! It was good to hear examples of how the webcasts are being used, particularly as elements of in-house training programmes. That can only get more effective as the collection builds. So I need help - please send me suggestions for topics and speakers. All volunteers are welcomed!

    Tomorrow I'm looking forward to another of our unique workshops for Freelancers in MedComms. Again, we run this every six months and lively discussion is guaranteed. One point I'm specifically interested in tomorrow, is around how it appears that more companies, particularly bigger communications groups, are imposing restrictions on the freelancers they can work with. For instance, they'll only work with freelancers with Limited Company status. Or they have to be VAT registered. If you've any comments or experience on this I'd love to hear from you. It seems to me there are, as always, unexpected consequences of such blanket policies. It will be interesting to hear what the experience of the group is tomorrow, and to hear the thoughts of the client types who are joining us.

    Over the past few weeks I've been surveying both the freelancers who subscribe to the MedComms Workbook service (currently 164 individuals) and also the 87 individuals who sent out the 118 work opportunities to them over the past 12 months. To cut a long story short, it's evident - and not unexpected - that each side has complaints about the other! What's important is to spend some time, at least once in a while, reflecting on the other's position. And that's very much what tomorrow is about for those from both sides who'll attend. It should be fun, as always.

    Finally today - and importantly - note we can now announce we'll be running another series of Lunch and Learns in November, supported by Concise. This time we'll be in Cambridge in the UK and also in San Francisco and New York again in the USA. In Cambridge in particular, I'm really keen to find out if there's scope to start running bigger meetings like we do elsewhere in the UK. Let me know. Meanwhile, if you can, sign up to San Francisco on the 9 November or to Cambridge on the 13 November now - we'll confirm a date for New York very soon.

    I'm now heading off to talk about our Second Virtual MedComms Meeting, which will be at 13.00 BST on 18 October. It looks like we've our final panellist sorted so we'll post their name and details shortly. Details are kept bang up-to-date here as always. Join us. On your own or as a group. Wherever you are.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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