The Mecomed Code of Ethical Business Practices which came into force in 2009 and recently updated in February 2021, regulates all aspects of the MedTech industry’s relationships with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and Healthcare Organisations (HCOs). Mecomed Member Companies’ commitment to the Mecomed Code extends to their Distributors and Third – party intermediaries (TPIs).
Due to possible consequences, Mecomed member companies likely to prefer to do business with TPIs/ Distributors who understands how to conduct business in line with the Mecomed Code.
The TPI Certification is a voluntary certification initiative, to allow TPIs/ Distributors to demonstrate to industry partners their commitment to the ethical standards included in the Mecomed Code.
For your reference, please find below the Mecomed Code of Ethical Business Practices
Please find below link to a video by the Mecomed Chairman, Mr. Rami Rajab on behalf of the Mecomed Leaders.
For the avoidance of doubt, a certified TPI/ Distributor by Mecomed, does not entail any liability whatsoever on Mecomed, and Mecomed shall not be held liable for any activity or misconduct of the Certified TPI/Distributor.
Due to the risks and challenging environment of the healthcare industry it is important that TPIs/ Distributors understand and are knowledgeable about the compliance related risks.
Member Companies are liable for activities performed by their third-party intermediaries who work on their behalf. The expectation is that interactions by third party intermediaries including distributors with HCPs and HCOs should therefore comply with the provisions of the Mecomed Code.
The Mecomed TPI certification platform provides third party intermediaries the opportunity to learn and upgrade their knowledge on key areas of the Mecomed compliance code and the associated requirements to help make compliant decisions to enhance healthcare practices in the region and most importantly to support better patient safety outcomes.
The TPI certification program is a voluntary initiative and by taking a proactive approach and becoming a certified partner will help you in your efforts to mitigate compliance-related risks within your organization.
It will also allow you to demonstrate to your industry partners your commitment to adhering to the ethical standards included in the Mecomed Code.
Upon completion of the process, and subject to the terms of the license agreement, the Certification provides to third party intermediaries a Mecomed Certified Partner logo valid for renewable period of two years.
Mecomed TPI Certification is limited to: Third party intermediaries (TPIs) and Distributors based in the Mecomed region and who represents MedTech Industries, are eligible to be part of the Mecomed TPI certification.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO CERTIFY?
Apply using the online expression of interest form. To check the required information for submission please visit ‘apply’. Within one month you will receive feedback on your application’s status. If approved, you will receive an activation email via your organization’s registered email address.
Once you log in, you will be able to access the educational materials of the Mecomed Code and the Conference Vetting System (CVS). Educational material can also be downloaded in a PDF format.
After reviewing the educational materials, you will be prompted to complete an online assessment test for the purposes of evaluating your understanding of the Mecomed Code of Ethical Business Practice and the Conference Vetting System (CVS) process.
All 20 questions need to be answered before your assessment can be submitted. A minimum score of 80% is required towards successful completion of the assessment.
If you fail to pass the assessment, you will be invited to retake it – a link to a new assessment will be sent to the registered email address. You can retake the assessment a maximum of 3 times. Please go through the training materials again before retaking the test.
Mecomed Compliance Officer will contact the TPI registered persons to align on future steps if the TPI fails the 3 attempts.
Who should register for taking the test from the TPI?
Examples of qualified person that can take the test:
- Senior Business Manager
- Compliance, Regulatory or Legal position
- Compliance Champion
- Education & Training position
The qualified person is required to complete the registration form and submit it for approval, once the registration form is reviewed by Mecomed, the registered person will receive an activation email to access the educational material and online test questions.
When the qualified person from the TPI finalizes the process of online evaluation and is accepted, the TPI will be considered a trusted partner of Mecomed and be eligible to add the TPI name/logo to the Mecomed website or use the Mecomed certified partners logo.
The qualified persons in each TPI who has completed the process of certification, is responsible for training the business teams in the TPI/Distributor. A confirmation of training should be shared with Mecomed after a maximum of 3 months of becoming a Certified Partner to ensure keeping the TPI name as a Certified Partner.
Following successful completion of the assessment, you will receive the certification contract (valid for 2 years). This is to be stamped and signed off by your organization’s authorized representative – the email will contain a link to a page where you are required to upload your signed and stamped contract along with your organization’s logo or name.
Certification Page & Stamp
Your organization’s logo and/or official website link will be requested so it can be added to the TPI Mecomed Certified page.
Your organization will also receive the Mecomed Certified stamp, which can be used exclusively by Mecomed Certified Organizations.
You will be required to take assessment after 2-years.