Programme

45th EMWA Conference - Cascais

2-4 November 2017

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Important: pre-workshop assignments

Most EPDP workshops have pre-workshop assignments. You can download these directly using the links in the programme schedule below. If you want to do the workshop to gain an EPDP credit, you will need to successfully complete the pre-workshop and post-workshop assignments, as well as attend the workshop. EMWA credits allow you to gain an EMWA certificate. See the EPDP brochure for details.

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Thursday 02 November

11:45
to
13:15

Lunch
13:30
to
16:30

MSF3

Participant Profile

Medical writers with basic knowledge of descriptive statistics who want to gain insight into the usefulness of epidemiological principles for medical writing.

Objectives

This workshop is designed for medical writers with little to no experience with epidemiology and its applications in the pharmaceutical business and public health. Participants will be provided with a general overview of relevant applications of epidemiology for medical writers. The scope and relevance of contemporary epidemiology for medical writers will be discussed using examples from clinical medicine, public health and pharmacoepidemiology. In addition, commonly used measures of disease occurrence – incidence and prevalence - and their use in research designs will be reviewed. The class format combines lectures with group exercises.

The main objectives are:
• Provide an overview of the applications of epidemiology in the business of medical writing
• Explain the use, significance and pitfalls of commonly used disease frequency indicators: prevalence and incidence

Content

Three major topics will be covered:
• Scope of contemporary epidemiology for medical writers
• Relevance of contemporary epidemiology for medical writers
• Basic measures of epidemiology for medical writers: prevalence and incidence

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

13:30
to
16:30

PTF14
Time Management for Medical Writers
Professional Techniques - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is aimed at all writers who find they have trouble fitting all their workload into a standard working week.

Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to look at the common problems people experience with managing their time and their workload and to suggest some ideas and techniques that can be used to help. On completion of the workshop package, participants should be able to assess their working pattern and be able to work out a more effective way of working while still having time for fun and socialising!

Content

The workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the common problems associated with managing time and workload. Various published time management techniques will then be reviewed, along with the pros and cons of each. Several fun exercises will be included to get delegates to think about the problems of time management and ways around them. Finally, there will be a review and summary of the key messages to bear in mind when back in the office.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

13:30
to
16:30

PTF18a
Writing for the Internet
Professional Techniques - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is suitable for any medical writer with an interest in writing for the internet, whether already involved in this type of writing or not.

Objectives

Medical writers are increasingly asked to provide text for online use. The objective of this workshop is to outline the basic principles of writing for the internet. The emphasis will be on understanding how online content differs to more traditional media. We will NOT cover technical aspects of website design, style sheets, coding, hosting, and related issues.

Content

We will review the basic principles of writing for the internet and consider how it differs from writing for print. We will also think about how readers use the internet, and the visual and structural aspects of presenting information online. We will examine different online writing structures such as the inverted pyramid technique. The importance of headings and sub-headings are also outlined. Other topics such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), metadata and calls to action will also be briefly covered. The workshop will include practical exercises on creating internet text. A selection of post-workshop assignments will be published on the EMWA website!

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

13:30
to
17:00

DDF17a
Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials
Drug Development - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is intended for medical writers (and others) who are interested in clinical trials and would like to know more about the evolution of ethical principles associated with human subject participation in clinical trials. Various ethical aspects that are taken into consideration for studies will be reviewed. In addition, case examples of situational clinical trial ethics will be provided for interactive discussion.

Objectives

To give an overview of the various ethical considerations associated with conducting clinical trials, including obtaining ethics committee and regulatory authority clearance, subject informed consent, investigatory conflict of interest, issues of fraud, and ensuring subject safety and well-being.

Content

This workshop will consist of a combination of presentations on relevant ethical issues, with respect to clinical trials, and group discussions on challenging ethical considerations of some “real-world” case studies. The presentations will focus on the importance of ethics in GCP, the informed consent process, and the challenges that may arise in developing countries. Practical experience will be shared with the participants.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Participant Profile

This workshop is aimed at medical writers with some experience of assessing drug safety information, and a basic understanding of the overall drug regulatory environment. It will also be useful to writers who are familiar with previous PSUR requirements detailed in Volume 9A but have little or no experience of the new requirements in line with GVP Module VII and the revised ICH E2C. For writers with no previous experience of pharmacovigilance documents it is recommended that they attend the foundation workshop “Introduction to Pharmacovigilance Writing” before attending this workshop.

Objectives

Periodic reports are required by the regulatory authorities to provide updated information on the world-wide safety experience with marketed drugs. Medical writers are increasingly being asked to compile such reports on behalf of pharmacovigilance departments. In July 2012, new pharmacovigilance legislation came into effect across the EU updating the required format and content of a periodic safety update report (PSUR). The document now includes efficacy data as well as safety data and has been retitled the ‘Periodic Benefit-Risk Evaluation Report’ (PBRER). The aim of this workshop is to provide a clear explanation of the requirements of the PBRER in terms of what data need to be included in the document and how they should be presented.

Content

Previous title: Periodic Safety Update Reports
The workshop will briefly discuss the pharmacovigilance requirements for marketed drugs and the place of the PBRER in the drug safety process.

It will discuss in detail the content and method of presentation of the different sections of a PBRER in line with GVP Module VII and the revised version of ICH E2C. There will be particular emphasis on the requirements for reporting of benefit-risk evaluation and how the PBRER relates to other safety documents.

Detailed discussion of submission schedules and the submission process will not be covered in this workshop.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

Participant Profile

This basic workshop is intended for participants directly or indirectly involved in the planning, analysis and/or reporting of clinical trials, or in the design of clinical development programs, or those with little or no background in this area who are interested in learning the basics.
Previous experience or background knowledge of clinical trial disclosure is not required.
This workshop will benefit newcomers to the topic, but also those simply wishing to update their knowledge of this topic.

Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, the participants will understand the regulatory requirements (e.g., EMA Policies 043 and 070) and industry commitments for clinical trial disclosure, understand how patients and investigational sites may benefit from this clinical trial disclosure, be introduced to the new documents required due to clinical trial disclosure (EMA Policy 070 anonymisation report, lay summaries, etc.), and be aware of the challenges created by clinical trial disclosure for when drafting clinical documents (e.g., protocols, clinical study reports) for use during clinical development.

Content

This will be an interactive workshop combining classical presentations with quizzes and exercises to introduce the topic. The aspects of clinical trial disclosure most relevant for medical writers, including potential new deliverables and challenges during protocol and CSR writing, will be highlighted. This workshop will enable attendee to embark upon workshops covering specialized topics such as the drafting of lay summaries, trial registration and results reporting in EudraCT/clinicaltrials.gov, and the protection of protected personal data and commercially confidential data.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

13:30
to
17:00

MCA8
The Value Story and the Global Value Dossier
Medical Communication - Advanced

Participant Profile

Anyone who wants to learn more about value messages and writing value dossiers, whether they are new to these topics or have some experience with them. The workshop will not assume any prior knowledge of value dossiers or market access, but will assume a basic familiarity with drug development and clinical data.

Objectives

After completing the workshop, you should understand the concept of ‘value’ and be able to construct a value story and value messages for a pharmaceutical product or medical device. You will be familiar with the structure of a typical value dossier and have an understanding of what information is required in each section. You will understand what a value dossier is used for and how to make sure it fulfils users’ needs.

Content

Obtaining marketing authorisation is no longer the final step in a drug’s journey to market. Manufacturers must also persuade budget-holders (payers) in each country to pay for it. The global value dossier (also known as core value dossier) is a key resource for pharmaceutical company market access teams. The workshop explain the concept of ‘value’ as it applies to pharmaceutical market access. It will emphasise the importance of the ‘value story’, and participants will learn how to create evidence-based ‘value messages’ (i.e. the claims that are used to show the product’s clinical, humanistic and economic value). The workshop will then describe the structure of a typical value dossier and guide participants through the information that goes into each section, and where to find it. The emphasis throughout will be on ensuring that the document meets the needs of its end-users.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: Not applicablehrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:30hrs

15:00
to
15:45

Refreshment break
17:30
to
19:00

Content

17:30 Chair and Conference Director’s welcome including presentation of awards

17:40 Portuguese People and Saudade
Maria João Pisco Almeida

18:30

19:00 Close of opening Session
19:00
to
21:00

Networking Reception
Social

Friday 03 November

07:00
to
07:45

Easy morning yoga session
Drop-in Session

Participant Profile

This workshop is intended for people who are new to medical writing and who are involved in writing the safety sections of clinical study reports or related safety summaries.

Objectives

This workshop is designed to give medical writers insight into the processes by which adverse event and concomitant medication data are generated and recorded during clinical trials and the subsequent handling of the data. On completion of the workshop package, participants should be confident in their approach to writing the adverse event and concomitant medication sections of documents relating to clinical trials.

Content

The role of the medical writer in preparing summaries of safety data is to take a large amount of information and to present the most important points in a useful and understandable format. The challenge for the writer is to identify what is important and to answer the readers’ questions before they have been asked. The collection of clinical safety data on a drug begins at the clinical trial level. All safety summaries are built upon this starting point. The aim of the workshop is to bring the data to life so that the writer can present safety data that is interesting to the reader.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

08:45
to
11:45

PTF26
Medical Information: an Opportunity for Medical Writers
Professional Techniques - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of Medical Information within the pharmaceutical industry, providing Medical Writers an alternative option in their Medical Writing career. Whilst no prerequisites workshops are required, participants are expected to have a basic understanding in drug development, dealing with US and EU regulations and medical education.

Objectives

This workshop will provide participants an insight to how Medical Writers are contributing to Medical Information departments across the globe; including the creation and maintenance of medical standard responses, dealing with new data releases at congresses, and the overall distribution of Medical Content to key stakeholders. Participants will be able to evaluate how their existing writing skills can be transferred when creating medical content for healthcare professionals.
This workshop will deliver an alternative option to Regulatory Writing and Medical Communications, a much needed option for those participants wishing to increase their development in Medical Writing.


This workshop will deliver an alternative option to Regulatory Writing and Medical Communications, a much needed option for those participants wishing to increase their development in Medical Writing.

Content

The objectives will be achieved by providing an introduction to Medical Information, and the purpose of such departments existing in institutions whereby drug development occurs. Further, the workshop will consider the structure of Medical Information – Global and Local markets – and the natural flow of medical content, touching on US and EU regulations. Much of the workshop will focus on medical content, and how multiple forms of communications are employed to educate customers on a particular product (medical standard responses, slide decks etc.) in a non-promotional manner. Simultaneously, the workshop will illustrate the role played by Medical Writers from writing responses to creating slide decks, as well as becoming specialists in a particular therapy area and/or products.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Participant Profile

Regulatory medical writers working in the contract research organisation or pharmaceutical company environment, as either employees or as freelancers, who write or review clinical study reports (CSRs). The workshop will meet the needs of writers and reviewers in interpreting existing International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines that drive preparation of CSRs, and in ensuring that CSRs are written in accordance with the principles of responsible clinical trial data sharing. Participants must have written at least one CSR or reviewed several, and have working knowledge of ICH reporting guidelines.

Objectives

The current ICH guidance on CSR authoring is ICH E3 (1995) and the 2012 Questions and Answers (Q & A) Revision document. Inconsistencies in interpretation require clarification, and indeed this is recognised specifically for ICH E3 in the 2012 Q & A document. CORE Reference (see http://www.core-reference.org/) launched on 03 May 2016, provides interpretational guidance on CSR authoring that incorporates regional (EU and US) and real-world insights. These include guidance on writing CSRs that share clinical trial data responsibly, and in accordance with current public disclosure requirements. Participants will acquire the knowledge and skills required to author or review fit-for-purpose CSRs that belong in the modern drug development arena.

Content

· Background to CORE Reference· Description of CORE Reference complete web-based resource
· Common inconsistencies in ICH guideline interpretation and how CORE Reference addresses these issues
· Background to transparency and public disclosure requirements
· How CORE Reference deals with the challenges of responsible clinical trial data sharing.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

08:45
to
12:15

PTF8
Cross-Cultural Communication
Professional Techniques - Foundation

Participant Profile

Anyone who wishes to explore how to recognise a cultural issue or problem (particularly in a medical writing setting) and how to approach it wisely. Curiosity and willingness to share own experiences are the most important prerequisites.

Objectives

By raising awareness about cultural differences and key factors involved in intercultural communication, this workshop aims at giving participants an increased ability to recognise cultural issues in situations that medical writers frequently encounter, and the basic skills needed to avoid potential problems.

Content

The ability to operate effectively in multicultural contexts has become a key business skill. Medical writers often work in international teams and many of us have experienced different working styles and ways of communicating that can create a host of problems. Knowledge about cultural characteristics and differences, and how they affect medical writing can diminish these problems. The workshop will be a mixture of lecturing, discussions and group work. The most common ways of distinguishing cultures from each other (national and organisational) will be covered and the pre-workshop assignment (the Enneagram’s nine personality types) will help to raise awareness about one’s own personal inclination to meet an unknown culture. Discussion groups will be put together from information given in the pre-workshop assignment.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

08:45
to
12:15

DDA27
Medical Writing for Biosimilars
Drug Development - Advanced

Participant Profile

Participants should be familiar with the drug development process and have an understanding of basic pharmacokinetics and statistics. In addition, participants should have experience with clinical study reports and regulatory submission dossiers.

Objectives

After completing the workshop, participants will have an understanding of the differences between biosimilars and NBE development. In addition, they will understand how these differences influence the development of clinical documents. They will appreciate the challenges they might face when working in this relatively new field of Medical Writing.

Content

• General overview on biosimilars clinical development
• Dealing with biosimilars clinical study reports (Phase I and Phase III)
• Dealing with the clinical documents of a biosimilars submission dossier

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Participant Profile

This workshop is intended for medical writers who wish to learn more about the global regulatory environment for pharmaceuticals.

Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce medical writers to the regulatory and cultural underpinnings of differing processes applied to the preparation, submission, review, and approval of regulatory submissions for pharmaceuticals to EU and US licensing authorities. On completion of the workshop, attendees should better understand the way the agencies operate and the requirements (as stated in the regulations and implicit in past practice) for preparing a successful dossier.

Content

There is an internationally agreed format for the presentation of an application dossier for a marketing authorisation for a pharmaceutical product: the Common Technical Document (CTD). It is accepted by the ICH founder member countries (USA, EU, and Japan) and meanwhile also by Canada, Switzerland, Brazil, and South Korea.
This does not mean, however, that there is commonality in the processes required for submission, review, and approval, nor the way in which reviewers approach the assessment. In particular, there are significant differences between the way data are summarised and the approach taken by European reviewers compared to that taken by their counterparts in the USA. While some of these differences may ultimately evolve to a state of commonality, others likely never will.
Participants will be introduced to the origins of drug regulations, and will review some of the labyrinthine procedures associated with preparing, filing, and defending a licensing application. Cultural and practice differences and similarities between the EU and the USA will be explored. This workshop does not cover the regulatory requirements for medical devices or vaccines.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

08:45
to
12:15

LWF15

Participant Profile

This workshop is for medical writers interested in exploring the use of readability tools to help them produce more readable biomedical research text. Participants should have some experience of writing and editing scientific research texts, but do not need specialised knowledge.

Objectives

This workshop explores ‘readability’, focusing on how formulas, formula-derived statistics and other tools can help writers edit biomedical research articles. After this workshop, participants should be able to:
· Understand what determines the readability of a document
· Appreciate what readability formulas measure (usually sentence length and word difficulty) and what formula-derived statistics mean
· Recognise the pros/cons and realistic place of readability statistics, particularly when applying them to biomedical research texts
· Use readability statistics and other tools to screen biomedical texts and help improve text readability.

Content

In this workshop, we will:
· Define ‘readability’ and consider what influences readability
· Consider the importance of readability, particularly of biomedical research articles
· Review commonly-used readability formulas
· Consider the readability of biomedical research articles
· Critically assess the use of readability statistics
· Review other tools available to analyse text and improve readability
· Consider a Readability Screening Checklist.

Practical elements of the workshop will include:
· Comparison of two texts for readability: initial impression and later in-depth comparison using readability statistics and web-based tools
· Analysis of participants’ own writing using readability statistics
· Exercises illustrating important determinants of sentence length and therefore readability: the active/passive voice, nominalisation and joining words to improve sentence flow.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

09:00
to
17:00

Executive Committee Meeting
Committee Meeting
10:00
to
10:45

Refreshment break
11:45
to
13:15

Lunch
13:30
to
16:30

DDF7
Introduction to Pharmacokinetics
Drug Development - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is aimed at medical writers, both new and experienced, who need to understand the basics of pharmacokinetics. Participants will normally have had little if any previous formal instruction in pharmacokinetics, or may not have understood what instruction they have received (or may even have received such instruction before they realised they would need it).

Objectives

The objective of this workshop is to demystify pharmacokinetics for those who are terrified of mathematics. On completing the workshop participants should understand the meanings of some of the key terms and symbols used in pharmacokinetics, have some understanding of what the different terms tell us about the properties of drugs and be able to write competently about basic pharmacokinetics.

Content

Participants will be given straightforward explanations and derivations of the key pharmacokinetic principles and equations. These explanations will be largely conceptual rather than mathematical, with worrisome mathematical terms and techniques explained in simple terms.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

13:30
to
16:30

MCF5

Participant Profile

This workshop will benefit medical writers who want to know more about publishing articles in biomedical journals or who have encountered issues with journals.

Objectives

Publishing an article is becoming increasingly complicated as biomedical journals constantly develop and change their policies and working procedures—added to which the whole process is hampered by a shroud of mystery and inconsistency between journals. This workshop focuses on avoiding common pitfalls in writing, presenting and submitting manuscripts. It also gives tips on how to locate and keep abreast of journal policies and develop an effective relationship with editorial offices. After completing the workshop, participants will be armed with a better understanding of biomedical journals, their requirements and foibles. They will have the confidence to steer their manuscripts to successful publication in the shortest time possible with the least hassle.

Content

Previous title: Marketing your Manuscript and Dealing with Biomedical Journals

Participants are encouraged to highlight areas of concern for discussion and share the issues they have encountered. The workshop will cover:

• Keeping on track: policy and procedure sources, keeping up with changes

• Choosing the best journal: beyond looking at scope

• Avoiding common pitfalls in the manuscript preparation and submission process

• Adherence to reporting guidelines

• Effective communication with editorial offices: presubmission enquiries, speeding up review, dealing with reviewers’ comments, appeals against rejection

• Editors’ approaches to authors’ concerns: quality of reviews, authorship, abuse of privilege

• Editors’ concerns: conflicts of interest, plagiarism, duplicate publication, data splitting, data access

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

Participant Profile

This workshop is for medical writers at different stages of their career. There is no prerequisite in order to participate but a basic knowledge of clinical trial documents is expected.

Objectives

The EMA Policy 0070 and the accompanying guidance entail finding the right balance between disclosure of clinical trial (CT) data and protection of patient privacy. The objective of this workshop is to help medical writers deal with different documents impacted by the EMA Policy 0070 with particular focus on clinical trial documents. The participant will gain knowledge in identifying critical patient data and the “risk areas” of a CT document or project and in mitigating risks to patient confidentiality.
The workshop participants will be provided hands-on exercises to
· identify patient data that can lead to de-identification.
· identify the most critical CT documents impacted directly or indirectly by the guidance, as well as the specific sections in these documents that require scrutiny for data protection issues.
· identify the stage in a document life cycle wherein the MW should ideally take a proactive role in identifying the issues.
· come up with strategies to mitigate risks to patient confidentiality.

Content

The workshop will cover:
· Short introduction to clinical trial disclosure and EMA Policy 0070
· Challenges and risks to patient data protection
· CT documents impacted (with focus on the protocol and the clinical study report)
· The role of medical writers in identifying the “risk” areas of these documents· Data anonymisation techniques at the writing/document level
· Working with other functional groups to ensure patient data protection in CT documents

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:30hrs

13:30
to
16:30

MCF20
Resources for Medical Translators
Medical Communication - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is aimed at translators willing to expand their knowledge of translations, medical writers diving into translations and in need to build an efficient pool of resources and managers of translation projects requiring a solid foundation to successfully manage their multilingual projects.

Prior attendance to Management of Translation Projects (MCF 13) is not required but desirable.

Objectives

International, multi-centre clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies with global presence, and the ever so demanding regulatory requirements that rule the conduct of clinical trials and marketing authorisations set the standards to which translators have to abide to.

This workshop will present a wealth of resources available to medical translators and managers to perform their activities to the highest standards and to comply with many of the regulatory requirements that are involved in translation projects.

Twenty-first century translation is a highly demanding and extremely fast-paced task. Luckily, there is a wealth of translation resources available to translators so that they can perform better and faster, making sure they are complying with the industry requirements.

Content

From online databases and dictionaries to country specific templates used for medical documentation as well as translators' associations, computer assisted translation tools and regulatory bodies, translators, editors and managers now have access to a vast array of resources and support systems.

This workshop will provide an overview of the resources that are available and demonstrate why they are essential to the savvy translators and managers working with translation projects.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Participant Profile

Participants should be familiar with the drug development process and have an understanding of basic pharmacokinetics.

Objectives

After completing the workshop, participants will have an understanding of the strategic role PK/PD modelling plays in drug development. In addition, they will gain an appreciation of how modelling can influence the claims that can be made on the drug label. They will be better placed to discuss modelling issues within projects, and to incorporate modelling outcomes into reports and regulatory documents.

Content

The rationale for modelling in drug development is presented, along with the regulatory view. Different modelling techniques (compartmental, population, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic [PK/PD], physiologically based (PBPK) are discussed in terms of their principles, their role within a drug development programme, and common terms used in their execution. This is illustrated with examples from the literature and the presenter’s personal experience.  How modelling output can influence the claims made on the drug label will be discussed. The workshop consists of modules interspersed with individual and group learning tasks.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: hrs

13:30
to
17:00

DDA10a

Participant Profile

Medical writers with a working knowledge of clinical drug development and some insight into CMC and nonclinical development. Experience writing IBs or IMPDs would be relevant.

Objectives

The workshop will familiarise participants with the EMA’s guidance on the Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) Application, providing a foundation that will be helpful for writing PIPs.

Content

The PIP is an EMA requirement designed to encourage and regulate the specific development of medicinal products for use in children. The main elements of the workshop will be:
• Background information on the challenges associated with conducting paediatric development programmes and the need for specific regulation
• Objectives of the EMA regulation
• Overview of the format and content of the documentation required for the PIP application.

The workshop will include a discussion of hands-on experience with preparing PIP applications, illustrating some of the logistical challenges involved in obtaining the information needed from teams that often have little or no previous experience with this type of document. Participants will be encouraged to share any experience they may have had with organising or writing PIPs.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Participant Profile

Medical writers with experience in medical communications or regulatory writing. Some experience and understanding of the regulatory requirements for the market approval of medicinal products is expected.

Objectives

To introduce the field of medical devices and associated document requirements. Areas covered include: classification of medical devices, basic regulatory issues regarding the approval and marketing of medical devices, recent changes in regulatory requirements and how these impact the medical writer’s role, as well as some of the most common medical communication documents.

Content

A syringe, a knee prosthesis, a computerised tomography (CT) scanner, an external defibrillator, and a pacemaker are all medical devices, but they belong to different risk classes. The new regulations (MEDEV rev. 4 and Medical Device Regulation) define a core documentation set required for regulatory compliance of these devices. And this can be challenging for the industry and the medical writer.

Focusing on a set of different medical devices, the main elements of the workshop will introduce:

• What is a medical device and why and how they are classified
• Key documentation for regulatory compliance and market release of a medical device
• Medical communication texts: particularities for medical devices

The workshop will include group exercises and discussions as well as evaluations of real documents.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:30hrs

15:00
to
15:45

Refreshment break
17:15
to
19:00

Freelance Business Forum
Discussion Forum

Saturday 04 November

07:00
to
07:45

Easy morning yoga session
Drop-in Session
08:30
to
11:30

Introduction to Medical Writing
Seminar - Not for credit

Participant Profile

This seminar is provided free-of-charge and is aimed at those considering a career in medical writing. It is open to conference delegates and members of the general public. It will also be interesting to those who have recently joined the profession who would like to know more.

Content

In addition to giving a presentation covering all aspects of medical writing, the seminar leader will act as a facilitator to optimise exchange of experience between participants, as well as providing insight based on her expertise in this area.

The aim is to provide information on the following:

• Definition of medical writing and its different categories
• Role of the medical writer throughout the life-cycle of a pharmaceutical product
• Explanation of the different types of documents that we write with detailed information on some of the most common (e.g. clinical study protocols and reports, investigator brochures, CTDs, manuscripts, posters)
• Timelines and project management
• Finding a job as a medical writer (qualities and qualifications required), types of companies that employ medical writers, recruitment process, working as a freelancer
• Training and networking for medical writers

Members of the public who wish to attend the seminar should approach the EMWA Staff at the Conference registration desk who will issue them with a temporary badge and direct them to the seminar room.
08:30
to
12:30

EPDC Meeting
Committee Meeting

Participant Profile

EPDC Committee Members only.
08:45
to
11:45

PTF13
Critical Appraisal of Medical Literature
Professional Techniques - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop will be of use to all medical writers who need to read published medical papers and interpret their findings. Participants should have a basic grasp of trial design (parallel groups, crossovers, etc.) and recognition of (but not necessarily practical experience of using) common statistical tests (e.g. chi-squared, t-test).

Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants should be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of papers they read in the medical literature and be able to judge whether the published conclusions of the paper are valid.

Content

The workshop will explain what to look for when reading published papers, with emphasis on assessing strengths and weaknesses of the research described. This will include considerations of study design, sources of potential bias, use of appropriate statistical methods, choice of endpoints, and generalisability. The workshop will include practical exercises in critiquing papers in a group discussion format.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

08:45
to
11:45

DDF23a

Participant Profile

This workshop is intended for medical writers who are new to writing the safety sections of clinical study reports or related safety summaries.

Objectives

This workshop is designed to give medical writers insight into the processes by which laboratory data, vital signs and ECG data are generated and recorded during clinical trials and the subsequent handling of these data. On completion of the workshop package, participants should be confident in their approach to writing the laboratory and other safety data sections of documents relating to clinical trials, particularly clinical study reports.

Content

The role of the medical writer in preparing summaries of safety data are to take a large amount of information and to present the most important points in a useful and understandable format. The challenge for the writer is to identify what is important and to answer the readers’ questions before they have been asked. The collection of laboratory, vital sign and ECG data on a drug begins at the clinical trial level. All safety summaries are built upon this starting point. The aim of the workshop is to bring the data to life so that the writer can present safety data that are interesting to the reader.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 3:00hrs

08:45
to
11:45

MSF1
Pharmacology for Medical Writers: the Basics
Medical Science - Foundation

Participant Profile

You will normally either have:
• Had no formal instruction in pharmacology
• Undertaken formal instruction in pharmacology in the past but wish to update your knowledge

Objectives

Although some types of medical writing need little or no knowledge of pharmacology, for many types it is essential. Key elements of pharmacology include:
• The mechanisms of action of drugs
• Analysing and describing the properties of drugs in qualitative and quantitative terms
• The origins of adverse effects
After the workshop you will understand:
• The main ways in which drugs produce their effects
• The use of internationally agreed terminology for the qualitative and quantitative properties of drugs.

Content

The workshop will be largely didactic but participants will be expected to contribute during the workshop. You will also be encouraged to discuss any problems or difficulties you have with pharmacology and its terminology.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

08:45
to
12:15

DDA6
Advanced Clinical Study Design
Drug Development - Advanced

Participant Profile

This workshop will be of most value to those who already have some experience in clinical development and have become familiar with different kinds of clinical trial. Terms such as crossover, double dummy, baseline, endpoint, active control, intent to treat, per protocol, and surrogate endpoints will be used extensively but will not be explained. The content is not immediately sequential to the content of the beginner's workshop on Basic Study Design. You should have a minimum of 2 years of clinical development experience or at least a sound science background to obtain maximum benefit from this workshop.

Objectives

Study Reports and Clinical Summaries all demand critical discussion of design issues and the choice of the control groups. Participants should become confident drafting the relevant sections of these documents.

Content

The workshop is based on regulatory guidelines covering confirmatory trials of efficacy. The format is classroom-style. The topics covered will be firstly crossover and parallel-group design together with a brief introduction to novel strategies such as factorial design, flexible design and designs for small populations. Secondly, control group options such as placebo, ‘ethical’ placebo, multiple dose and active controls (equivalence and non-inferiority), will be covered. Differences between the EMA and the FDA in the weight attached to studies using active controls on the one hand and placebo on the other, will be highlighted. The final section will be a review of the critical issues that must be discussed in a report and summary documents. There will be group exercises on evaluating the period effects and adequacy of conduct of a hypothetical crossover trial and selecting an appropriate control group depending on the objective of a trial. Based on your assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the design and conduct of the study, the post homework assignment will require you to critically evaluate a hypothetical study report. Overall the approach will be intuitive, not statistical.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 0:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 4:00hrs

08:45
to
12:15

DDF35
Introduction to Writing about Efficacy
Drug Development - Foundation

Participant Profile

This workshop is aimed at medical writers with little or no experience of writing about efficacy in clinical and regulatory documents. Basic knowledge of the clinical development process is expected.

Objectives

The workshop aims to give participants a basic understanding of the general principles by which efficacy is evaluated in clinical trials. Participants will gain a broad awareness of the different kinds of efficacy endpoints and statistical analyses they are likely to encounter. The focus is not on detailed statistical theory, but on practical approaches to understanding efficacy analyses and reporting their results in a clinical study report, regardless of clinical indication. The workshop includes exercises designed to give participants hands-on practice at using statistical analysis plans to understand and describe efficacy analyses, and at interpreting data tables for efficacy. After completing the workshop, participants should be better equipped to write the efficacy sections of clinical documents.

Content

The workshop will cover: Introduction to efficacy • How is efficacy evaluated? The relationship between study objectives, endpoints, and assessments • How are efficacy endpoints chosen? • Different categories of efficacy endpoint and associated data • How are efficacy endpoints analyzed? • Writing efficacy methodology sections • Reporting efficacy results

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:30hrs

08:45
to
12:15

MCF21
Promotional Medical Writing: the Dark Side
Medical Communication - Foundation

Participant Profile

• Medical writers that have worked primarily on the regulatory side with a desire to expand into promotional medical writing
• Medical writers starting out in a healthcare communications and/or advertising agency

Objectives

Hundreds of thousands of words and pages are dedicated to the process of getting pharmaceutical products tested, approved and in the hands of doctors. Near the end of this process, you will find marketers. The people who are working to get these products prescribed for patients. Participants in this workshop will gain understanding about what goes on behind the scenes in pharmaceutical marketing and the role of the medical writer, learn about the wide variety of materials produced at this stage, and be equipped to communicate appropriate effective, consistent selling messages across media.

Content

The objective of the workshop will be achieved by providing participants with an overview of medical communications and where marketing and promotion fits into the bigger picture, going through the basic structure of agencies that work in this field and the role of the medical writer, covering the profile of clients and the end audience, clarifying the difference between pre- and post-launch materials, detailing the types of materials to be created and the regulations that guide pharmaceutical promotions. We will also get into the creative side of things by learning how to craft effective messages that fit into the limitations of what can and cannot be said based on science, ethics and available data. We will conclude by summarising the keys to becoming a successful medical writer in the field of promotional marketing.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:30hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

Participant Profile

This workshop is intended for writers or editors who already work on different aspects of company-sponsored symposia, such as slide preparation, or those who might wish to get involved with their organisation in the future.

Objectives

Company-sponsored symposia (e.g. satellite symposia) are complex events and the medical writer might be involved, not just in developing content or preparing outputs, but also to help co-ordinate the event, secure company clinical, medical and legal review, facilitate slide rehearsals and liaise with the faculty panel. The purpose of this workshop is to consider the separate elements of organising and delivering company-sponsored symposia to introduce the participants to tasks which they might encounter.

Content

The workshop will start at the planning stage and consider all aspects of symposium preparation, including project management, working with logistics agencies and faculty, developing slides following company and country rules, writing proceedings, compliance with EFPIA and Sunshine Act requirements as well as financial reconciliation.

Pre-Workshop Assignment Length: 1:00hrs

Post-Workshop Assignment Length: 2:00hrs

10:00
to
10:45

Refreshment break
11:45
to
13:15

Lunch