EMWA is the European Medical Writers Association, a network of professionals that represents, supports and trains medical communicators in Europe. It is a not for profit organisation that is run for its members by its members.

This website offers access to EMWA's journal Medical Writing, as well as our Freelancer and Company listing and our Jobs page advertising vacancies for both freelance and in-house medical writers and editors. If you would like more information about how to sign up to the freelancer or company list, or how to advertise your job vacancies on this website, please contact info@emwa.org.

Call for agenda items for EMWA Freelance Business Forum

The Freelance Business Forum at the 39th EMWA Conference in Florence, 6–8 November 2014, will be held on Friday 7 November from 17:15–18:45. Spaces at this event are unlimited, but please register if you wish to attend to give us some idea of numbers. Light refreshments will be available before and during the forum.

We are at present putting together the agenda. If any delegates have points that they would like us to put on the agenda, please let us have these as soon as possible.

Mail: Alistair Reeves

Mail: Kathryn White

EMWA's 6th Twitterview – transcript now online

Our sixth twitterview was held on 26 September 2014 with EMWA Vice President Sam Hamilton. She gave us the latest developments on the Budapest Working Group (BWG). The BWG is reviewing the ICH E3 and ICH E6 guidelines in a 2-year project that began at the EMWA 2014 spring conference in Budapest. It comprises experts in ICH E3, ICH E6, protocol and clinical study report templates, and disclosure and transparency.

Read the Twitterview transcript on our social media page.

Best regards,

Julie Chaccour

EMWA Social Media Team

Spaces are filling up at EMWA’s 39th Conference in Florence!

EMWA’s popular autumn events traditionally focus on a full programme of credit workshops and networking events. This year is no different: 28 workshops are on offer, 6 of which are already full, and 12 are nearly full.

For further information and to register please visit the Florence 2014 Conference page by clicking here. For the online conference planner, click here.

Following the success of the Barcelona conference, we are once again offering workshops in four sessions instead of three, together with three key free-of-charge sessions will complement the professional development programme.

This is complemented by the usual programme of informal social events on the Friday evening.

We look forward to welcoming you to Florence!

EMWA Budapest Working Group: ICH E3 and E6 Forensics – a two-year roadmap for alignment with current practices

EMWA has initiated collaboration with many stakeholders, including professional associations, regulators, and key industry participants, to review the ICH E3 and ICH E6 guidelines in a 2-year project that began in May 2014. The EMWA-incepted Budapest Working Group (BWG) comprises experts in ICH E3, ICH E6, protocol and clinical study report templates, and disclosure and transparency. Our strategist is working with partner and stakeholder organisations. With stakeholder involvement from the outset, the aim of this project is to encourage participation amongst all affected parties, to best ensure that the anticipated recommendations address the needs of the broadest possible community, following developments over the 20 intervening years since these guidelines were first issued. Sam Hamilton (EMWA Vice President and BWG Chair) and Art Gertel (EMWA Fellow and BWG member) will present their first publication of the project at the EMWA Conference in Florence on Friday 07 November 2014, 12.45 – 13.20. For more information on the conference visit:

http://www.emwa.org/EMWA/Conferences/EMWA/Conferences/Conference_Overview.aspx .

Please forward this information to your contacts.

The September 2014 issue of Medical Writing is now available

This issue, ‘Non-clinical Health Writing’, describes areas tangential to medical writing in which medical writers can work. The purpose is to help open new avenues of career advancement and business development for medical writers. We are pleased to present articles on a wide range of topics, including medical writing for veterinary medicine, cosmetics, chemicals, pesticides, nanomaterials, in vitro diagnostics, and bioanalytical reports.

Elsewhere in this issue, in addition to all the usual features, you will find an article on key factors a pharmaceutical company should look into when outsourcing medical writing services and an article on how professional medical writers should work with authors to develop high-quality, ethical clinical manuscripts. The issue also includes a letter to the editor – and response – about the freelance business survey published in the March 2013 issue of Medical Writing. As part of the response, the authors of the freelance survey provide a new article comparing the costs of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe.

The December 2014 issue, ‘Post-approval Medical Writing’, complements the June issue, which was on ‘Regulatory Writing Basics’. The December issue is already closed to new contributions, but if you would like to contribute to the March 2015 issue (‘Plain Language’, deadline November 2, 2014), or if you have any questions or ideas, feel free to write to us at editor@emwa.org.

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