There are strict rules for Pharmaceutical company payments when organising, sponsoring or participating a Medical Conference and it must be made public in the Healthcare Transparency Register. Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage undertook an assessment to proof that they are compliant to host these healthcare meetings and got awarded with the Green certificate: ‘Assessed Healthcare Venue’.
Specific rules for drug advertising apply in the Medical sector in Europe. In addition to advertising rules and information about prescribed medicines, the rules also apply to payments from pharmaceutical companies that can potentially promote the prescription, supply or use of a medicine. The advertising rules also have consequences for the organisation of scientific conferences and in-service training courses for doctors and other healthcare professionals that are co-financed or organised by pharmaceutical companies. With the Green certificate Amsterdam Conference Centre shows that they support the compliance policies and agreements for specific needs during the organisation of a meeting in the medical sector.
The Amsterdam Conference Centre undertook a screening from ‘Compliant Venues Ltd’ (see website: www.healthcare-venues.com), where they had to proof their on- and offline sales and marketing positioning, had a physical venue assessment, had to show their operational processes and did an individual onsite training in Sweden to become a so called ‘Healthcare Champion’. Sales Director Evelien van Kessel tells about the experience: ‘it was an intensive audit, but we were sure our venue would fit between the other existing healthcare venues. We offer a wide variety of full equipped halls and meeting rooms to support association conferences for up to 1300 guests. Besides that, we are located in the centre of Amsterdam and are situated a 5-minute walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station and approximately 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport. These specifications really helped us obtaining the first existing Amsterdam Healthcare Venue title. We are very thankful for receiving this certificate and hope to welcome even more Medical conferences in the future’.
Amsterdam Conference Centre is a venue with a strong focus on international conferences. All halls are equipped to include standard facilities such as staging, lectern, microphone, laptop, sound system, projector & screen and monitor. For additional support they work together with, and can supply, a list of preferred suppliers specialised in audio visuals, exhibition stand builds, signage, catering, hotel and registration services and they can provide a local Professional Congress Organiser, although bookers are able to provide their own. Fact is, that with this Certificate, the Beurs van Berlage proves out to be a full service venue.