The 2019 Code is available here.
The Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA) has also published the approved requirements of the 2021 Code along with a range of supporting materials.
The 2021 Code comes into operation on 1 July 2021; we will be publishing the final ABPI Code booklet closer to that date.
The next few months will see briefings and information being made available to help companies and stakeholders understand and implement the 2021 Code so they are ready for its implementation.
While the foundations of the Code remain the same, it is structured quite differently, and there are important new requirements and features to be aware of. The PMCPA supporting material includes a summary of the changes.
The 2021 Code incorporates the new ABPI Principles. These set out the behaviours that embody the spirit of the Code, and the ABPI’s expectation is that companies start now in building these into their culture and ways of doing business.
The new ABPI Principles are: benefitting patients, acting with integrity, ensuring transparency, and treating everyone with respect. Senior leaders in companies are asked to champion the adoption of the new ABPI Principles, drive implementation across their organisation and ensure staff behave in a manner consistent with the principles.
There are many other changes to the detail of the 2021 Code, and you can find out more on the PMCPA website.