The General Medical Council (“GMC”) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (“GPhC”) have joined other health and care regulators in the UK to agree a joint statement on the handling of conflicts of interest.
Nine health and care professional regulators have signed a joint statement setting out what is expected of all healthcare professionals in respect of avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across all healthcare settings.
The statement is intended to assist each regulator in maintaining professional standards, formulating codes and guidance and ensuring that professional judgement is not compromised by personal, financial or commercial interests, incentives, targets or similar measures.
In detailing the expectations of professionals in the context of conflicts of interest, the statement outlines that healthcare professionals should:
The joint statement has been signed by the following organisations:
The joint statement can be accessed here.
Whilst not applicable to regulators in this jurisdiction, the joint statement provides helpful insights into the various issues being faced by professionals and their regulators in the context of commercial arrangements/ inducements.
In the Republic of Ireland, conflicts of interest are addressed specifically in many of the codes of conduct/ ethical guides for the various professions.
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