Announcing two new EMWA Special Interest Groups

emwaSIGs are EMWA’s very own ‘talking shops’ on hot topics in the world of medical writing. You can find out more about them below.

Pharmacovigilance SIG

EMWA launched the Pharmacovigilance Special Interest Group (PV SIG) at The Hague conference in November 2015. PV SIG is a talking shop for the fast developing area of pharmacovigilance (PV) and PV writing. PV SIG delves into issues that impact the PV documents that we write, and with the direct involvement of regulators planned for forthcoming PV SIG meetings at EMWA conferences, you can ask the regulators the questions that matter to you.

EMWA members can access a growing resource of PV-related materials, including the PV SIG launch video, at the dedicated PV SIG area on the EMWA website (under members only/special interest groups).

Regulatory Public Disclosure SIG

As EMWA and AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) publish the open-access resource CORE (Clarity and Openness in Reporting: E3-based) Reference in May 2016, EMWA plans to launch the Regulatory Public Disclosure SIG (RPD SIG), as a natural follow-up to CORE Reference at the EMWA conference in Munich in May 2016.

The concept of public disclosure is of special interest to the RPD SIG because of (i) its impact on the content and structure of standard regulatory documents, (ii) the expectation that the range of regulatory documents impacted will burgeon in the coming years, and (iii) that public disclosure will create the need for new documents which the medical writer will support.

A dedicated RPD SIG area on the website is planned. For further details on
RPD SIG click here.

Why is Public Disclosure of ‘Special Interest’ to Regulatory Medical Writers?
‘Public disclosure’ has different meanings for different groups of medical writing professionals:

The concept of public disclosure is of special interest to the RPD SIG because of (i) its impact on the content and structure of standard regulatory documents, (ii) the expectation that the range of regulatory documents impacted will burgeon in the coming years, and (iii) that public disclosure will create the need for new documents which the medical writer will support. Europe is leading the world in regulatory public disclosure regulation and legislation, and EMWA must be involved in this important ‘conversation’.

Public Disclosure of Clinical Regulatory Documents: A Fast-developing Area

Your Executive Committee are launching the RPD SIG because medical writers need to understand how developments in this area affect the clinical regulatory documents that they write.

The RPD SIG Chairs – Dr Christopher Marshallsay and Ms Tracy Farrow – are assembling a team to survey this fast-developing area, with the aim of sharing information and best practices with EMWA members.

Join the Debate

The EMWA SIGs allow EMWA and its members to contribute to important conversations around topics that we know will impact our industry in the coming years. You may have colleagues interested in joining the EMWA SIGs to debate, and share best practice and resources.

Please tell them about the EMWA SIGs. Those with an interest should email to join EMWA.

Archival Recordings

Are you unable to attend the SIG meetings in person? EMWA members can benefit from archival recordings of all SIG meetings posted on the EMWA website.

Member Spotlight - Michael Molloy-Bland

Michael gained his PhD at Otago University and then secured a postdoctoral research position at the University of Oxford. He is currently working as Scientific Director in the Melbourne office of Oxford PharmaGenesis, working remotely from New Zealand. His role mainly involves overseeing strategy and content development for scientific publications across several client accounts.
He shares more about his journey, and some very wise insights and words of advice, on our Member Spotlight page.

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