Ethical Standards in Health & Life Sciences Group

The role of the Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG) is to evolve the relationship between healthcare professionals and commercial life science organisations to ensure that it meets the expectations of stakeholders and creates a platform for increased collaboration and partnership for the benefit of patients.

The ESHLSG is a multi-stakeholder group consisting of 20 healthcare organisations, with representation from olymp trade opinionesthe medical community and the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic industries in the UK.

About the group

Over the last two years the Ethical Standards in Health & Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG) has looked at key issues that impact on collaboration between health professionals and commercial life sciences organisations. The group has developed significant insights through its survey of attitudes to industry supported medical education and the consultation on the public disclosure of payments to health professionals. Over 2500 HCPs and numerous organisations have contributed to better understanding these issues and the results are now publicly.

Deepak Khanna, co-Chair of the ESHLSG and President of the ABPI said “The ESHSLG has been invaluable in gaining insight in to some of the issues which impact on the relationship between industry and health professionals. We look forward over the coming months to working with the relevant organisations to turn those insights in to action for the benefit of patients.”

ESHLSG members have decided that in order enable further progress and focus on these key issues, as well as involve other key stakeholders, the group will be evolved into a forum, led by the healthcare professions – our previous guidance is therefore being retired and the results of our survey work published in full, to inform ongoing debate. The format and name of this group will be announced within the next couple of months, as well as future events or work-streams.

Professor Tim Evans, co-Chair of the ESHLSG and Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, confirmed “Just as the debate around ethical standards has evolved, so to must the ESHLSG and the way in which it contributes to our understanding of these standards. We hope that future meetings provide an open forum for debate on key issues which can inform and inspire the relevant policy making bodies and stakeholders to continue to work together to drive standards and collaboration.”

Overwhelming support for public disclosure of payments

Today the ESHLSG has published the results of the recent consultation in to the public disclosure of payments to health professionals. The consultation results show strong support in the healthcare community and across life science companies for the public disclosure of payments through a single, searchable database to drive greater transparency in the relationship between health professionals and the companies they work with.

Attitudes to industry support for medical education

In July 2013 at the BMJ/ABPI Conference on medical education the group made public the results of its survey on attitudes to industry support of medical education.

As the ESHLSG will be evolving olymp trade login into a forum in 2014, results documents will be available on this website until 31 December 2013. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact