Mecomed to adopt new code of ethical business

Rami Rajab
Updated 19 October 2017
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Mecomed to adopt new code of ethical business

Members of Mecomed, a medical technology association in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), have approved a new code of ethical business practice.
The new set of guidelines is in tone with those adopted by other trade associations in North America and Europe. This is expected to serve as a vital move for the region’s medical devices, imaging and diagnostics industry, and ensure the highest international ethical standards and best practice through more stringent self-regulation.
Rami Rajab, chairman of Mecomed, said: “It has been an ongoing endeavour of the MENA medical technology industry, to not only ensure the highest standard of ethics in business practice, but also to drive its growth and evolution and adapt in a fast changing environment.
“We believe that the adoption of one of the most modern and progressive codes of conduct, with strict, clear and transparent rules, is a leap forward for the industry and for health care in the region.”
The move is expected to further strengthen patient trust in the medical sector and standards of care in the region, contributing to principal aims of the governments of the MENA region, including the UAE/Saudi Arabia to provide the highest standards of health care locally, and to reduce the numbers of patients traveling abroad for care.
The Mecomed Member Code of Ethical Business Practice regulates all aspects of the industry’s relationship with health care professionals (HCPs) and health care organizations (HCOs), such as company-organized events, arrangements with consultants, research, and financial support to medical education, among others. It will become binding for Mecomed corporate members by Jan. 1, 2018. The code also introduces a common independent enforcement mechanism, and will set the minimum standard by which industry members operate across the MENA region.
Established in 2007, Mecomed claims to serve as the voice of international medical technology manufacturers (MedTech) for 21 countries across the Middle East and North Africa.


Saudi port ‘most advanced’

Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi port ‘most advanced’

King Abdullah Port has concluded its participation in the Global Infrastructure Congress by winning an award for the most advanced port. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the conference, which was recently held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel. The event was held under the patronage of UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development Abdullah B. Al-Nuaimi, and in partnership with the Federal Transport Authority — Land and Maritime and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.
Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “The award represents a culmination of the port’s efforts in realizing Vision 2030 as a key player in the maritime shipping and logistics sector.” He extended his thanks and appreciation to Al-Nuaimi for “the valuable award, which reflects the status the port has reached after only five years of operation.”
The award came in recognition of the port’s efforts in innovating new, distinguished practices in the port sector, in addition to providing world-class ideas, initiatives and projects that contribute to empowering and delivering sustainable and ready-to-use infrastructure solutions. It was announced that King Abdullah Port had won among more than 100 participants.
King Abdullah Port also participated in the Port and Marine Infrastructure Forum, which was attended by representatives from ministries, port authorities, private sector developers, and industry actors. Qutub delivered a detailed presentation on the port’s latest developments in regards to infrastructure and operations during a session titled “Global Perspectives and Best Practices.”
As of the end of 2017, King Abdullah Port has become the second-largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling, and it was recently ranked the eighth fastest-growing port in the world in 2017, according to Alphaliner, the global leader in analyzing maritime transport data, port capabilities and the future of vessels and shipping route development.