EU legislation clearly states that the members of the scientific committees and experts shall not have financial or other interests in the pharmaceutical industry that could affect their impartiality.
They shall make an annual declaration of their financial interests. In addition, all indirect interests which could relate to the pharmaceutical industry shall be entered in a register held by the European Medicines Agency (referred to in this document as “Agency”), which is accessible to the public, on request, at the Agency’s offices.
The Agency’s Code of Conduct provides general guidance on several aspects related to declarations of interests. Information is made available about what should be declared by whom and at what moment in time. In addition, clarification about some operational aspects is given by stating the tasks of the Agency’s secretariat, the obligations of the individuals concerned and the meeting proceedings.