The COCIR Code of Conduct was first initiated in 1996. The new COCIR Code of Conduct was published in June 2009 and launched on the occasion of COCIR's 50th anniversary. This Code of Conduct is a reference tool for all COCIR members to help enhance their corporate responsibility and may also be used by non COCIR members. It applies to companies’ activities throughout Europe and will also guide them in their behaviour beyond Europe’s borders.
To access our COCIR Code of Conduct booklet in English (including Questions & Answers and Do's & Don'ts) click here.
The COCIR Code of Conduct has the full support of COCIR member companies including their CEOs. This COCIR Code of Conduct also serves as a guidance for national trade associations. This Code also applies to Healthcare Professionals in geographic Europe.
Additional languages are available as follows.
Code of Conduct
Combined Code and Q&A
Do's & Don'ts
In January 2013, COCIR launched an interactive e-learning tool to complement its Code of Conduct. The e-learning tool helps test and improve knowledge and understanding of the key principles contained in the COCIR Code, including their practical application. The e-learning tool can be accessed free of charge and can be used on computers and iPads.
COCIR reaffirms its commitment to promoting ethical interactions between medical technology companies and healthcare professionals based on common global principles:
Click here to read the full statement.
The COCIR Code of Conduct Committee is composed of lawyers from COCIR corporate companies. The COCIR Code of Conduct will be enforced through a central tool which will have a monitoring function among COCIR members. Notifications of breaches of the Code will be centralised through the COCIR Office and will be allocated to the relevant COCIR member company. A monitoring committee composed of corporate members’ legal counsels will ensure the smooth functioning of the process.
COCIR offers a neutral platform that allows its members to discuss matters of common interest. However, meetings or teleconferences at which competing COCIR members participate give rise to a risk of competition law infringement.
These guidelines provide a general summary of the competition law rules and do not intend to be exhaustive. They are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be considered as legal advice. For further assistance or clarification, please contact a specialized lawyer.
Click here to submit any questions and/or complaints about the conduct of a COCIR member company under the COCIR Code of Conduct.