Chile Joins APEC Efforts to Bolster Health Ethics, Support SMEs and Patients.
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Santiago, Chile -- APEC continues to bolster ethics in the healthcare sector in support of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and patients, as Chile launches a consensus framework to improve ethical interactions in its healthcare system.
The Chile Consensus Framework follows agreements signed by eight other APEC economies (https://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2018/0723_health) , including Australia, China, and Japan.
Consensus frameworks enable relevant stakeholders, including industry, healthcare professionals, patient groups, and governments, to work together by aligning each others ethics codes in best practices, research, training, and policy-making.
Lets connect people to build the future. By working across economies to elevate business ethics across our health systems, our people receive treatment that is in their best interest and our companies are able to sustainably operate and engage in cross-border trade. This is the potential of economic cooperation that APEC delivers, said Rodrigo Yez, Chiles Vice Minister for Trade.
The consensus framework was signed at the APEC Business Ethics for Small and Medium Enterprises Forum (https://www.apecchile2019.cl/apec/media/news/lighthouse-award-honors-ethical-business-environment-advocates-in-asia) in Santiago, Chile.
The largest collective action in the APEC region to strengthen ethical business practices in the medical device and biopharmaceutical sectors, the forum (http://mcprinciples.org/events/2019-apec-business-ethics-for-smes-forum) has engaged more than 1,500 organizations.
When we level the playing field through ethical business practices, we ensure that the best products win tenders. By mitigating the threat of corruption to progress, trade, and the global economy, we are ensuring decisions are made in the best interest of patients and SMEs, said Gilbert Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, which serves as the initiatives Project Overseer.
A draft publication presented at the forum, entitled Strategies for Governments to Encourage Ethical Business Conduct, outlines how economies can provide incentives for ethical business practices in the health sector.
For example, New Zealand Health Partnerships a subsidiary owned and operated by twenty district health boards requires all suppliers of clinical products to either be a member of the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand, which has an obligatory code of practice, or to observe the code without membership.
Meanwhile, the e-procurement system ChileCompra, used by Chiles public sector, provides online ethics training to government suppliers.
Results of surveys that measure the programs effectiveness show an industry welcoming of improving standards. In 2019, 87 biopharmaceutical and medical device industry associations in the APEC region have codes of ethics. That means high standard codes reach more than 20,000 enterprises, most of which are small businesses.
Progress begets progress. The forum gains strength with every economy -- its governments, healthcare professionals, patient groups, and businesses big and small -- signing on. We invite all economies to join this collaborative approach to make the APEC region healthier and more prosperous for all, said Evan Holley, Chair of the APEC SME Working Group.
Forum participants also welcome the opportunities to strengthen capacity. Currently, a virtual portal is being developed to guide medical device enterprises seeking to work with third parties. Another training initiative, the APEC Leaders in Ethics and Integrity Program, will equip founders and executives of small businesses to lead their organizations to adopt ethical business practices.
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