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Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the CouncilShow full title

Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use

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1.For the purposes of this Title, ‘advertising of medicinal products’ shall include any form of door-to-door information, canvassing activity or inducement designed to promote the prescription, supply, sale or consumption of medicinal products; it shall include in particular:

  • the advertising of medicinal products to the general public,

  • advertising of medicinal products to persons qualified to prescribe or supply them,

  • visits by medical sales representatives to persons qualified to prescribe medicinal products,

  • the supply of samples,

  • the provision of inducements to prescribe or supply medicinal products by the gift, offer or promise of any benefit or bonus, whether in money or in kind, except when their intrinsic value is minimal,

  • sponsorship of promotional meetings attended by persons qualified to prescribe or supply medicinal products,

  • sponsorship of scientific congresses attended by persons qualified to prescribe or supply medicinal products and in particular payment of their travelling and accommodation expenses in connection therewith.

2.The following are not covered by this Title:

  • the labelling and the accompanying package leaflets, which are subject to the provisions of Title V,

  • correspondence, possibly accompanied by material of a non-promotional nature, needed to answer a specific question about a particular medicinal product,

  • factual, informative announcements and reference material relating, for example, to pack changes, adverse-reaction warnings as part of general drug precautions, trade catalogues and price lists, provided they include no product claims,

  • [F1information relating to human health or diseases, provided that there is no reference, even indirect, to medicinal products.]

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