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.

New Medical Writer Joint Position Statement Released by AMWA, EMWA, and ISMPP

London, UK, 17 January 2017 - The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) , European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) , and International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) today released a Joint Position Statement on the Role of Professional Medical Writers, which is the first unified position on the role of professional medical writers from three leading professional organizations.

Yvonne Yarker, PhD, CMPPTM, Chair of ISMPP’s Board of Trustees, who just announced the Joint Position Statement at the European Meeting of ISMPP, in London, stated, “The Joint Position Statement will benefit professional medical writers by helping to share best practices and confirm the value of the profession.”

Building on Good Publication Practice (GPP3) guidelines and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations, the Joint Position Statement describes best practices for professional medical writers. It also provides a template for appropriately disclosing medical writing support.

The Joint Position Statement explains the value of professional medical writing to evidence-based medicine by summarizing current evidence on the professional medical writer’s role in the ethical, accurate, and timely disclosure of research results. “By emphasizing that professional medical writers are appropriately qualified and follow rigorous guidelines, the Joint Position Statement seeks to strengthen the standing of the profession among journal editors, peer reviewers, and readers,” said Chris Winchester, DPhil, EMWA Member.

The Joint Position Statement can be accessed on the AMWA, EMWA, and ISMPP websites.

“This Joint Position Statement describes, for the first time, a global standard for professional medical writers. This will serve as a valuable reference for ethical publication practices, worldwide,” stated Art Gertel, AMWA Past-President.

AMWA, EMWA, and ISMPP together have a total membership of over 6,500 medical communicators around the world. The Joint Position Statement supersedes previous position statements and guidelines from participating organizations. Individual members are encouraged to update their own publication policies accordingly.

The Joint Position Statement was drafted and reviewed by representatives of AMWA, EMWA, and ISMPP, located in Europe, North America, and Asia. Preparation of the Joint Position Statement was possible thanks to the efforts of four members of the Writing Committee (Art Gertel, AMWA; Chris Winchester, EMWA; Karen Woolley and Yvonne Yarker, ISMPP), the organizational reviewers, and all those involved in the original position statements of the three organizations.

About AMWA: The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is a not-for-profit organization promoting excellence in medical communication and providing educational resources in support of that goal. AMWA’s over 4,000 members are committed to accurately and ethically making information about health and medicine clear and meaningful. www.amwa.org

About EMWA: The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) is an association committed to representing, supporting and training medical communication professionals. It has more than 1,000 members from all over Europe and beyond, representing all sectors of medical writing. EMWA is a not-for-profit organisation, run by its members for its members. www.emwa.org

About ISMPP: The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) is the only not-for-profit organization founded by medical publication professionals for medical publication professionals. Since its inception in 2005, the Society has grown to more than 1,500 members, with representation from all stakeholders involved in the publication of medical research. www.ismpp.org.

Press Contact: Anna Geraci, ageraci@ismpp.org, +1-847-544-8605

Webinar: 5 Easy Steps to Making the Ethical RIGHT Choice

EMWA is pleased to announce that our colleagues at AMWA are offering EMWA members complimentary registration for this webinar to be held on 18 Jan 2017 (19:00 CET / 18:00 GMT). 

This webinar will empower you to stand up for ethical medical communication practices by providing the tools you need to make the RIGHT choice. Participants will learn how to find the sweet spot between preserving personal integrity and professional relationships. This interactive webinar will use a real-world case study to demonstrate how to apply the 5-step RIGHT model to situations frequently encountered in medical communication. Use of these simple, practical steps for making ethical decisions can help transform the medical communicator’s image from being a puppet of industry to being a master of integrity.

At the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to
1. Explain the need for ethical medical communication practices
2. Identify practical uses for the AMWA Code of Ethics for medical communicators
3. Apply the multistep RIGHT model to make ethical decisions

If you are interested in attending, please register at the EMWA webinars page.

Review of 2016 / Looking ahead to 2017

The beginning of the year seems like a good time to review the achievements of last year and look forward to future plans for EMWA, so here is a brief summary of the highlights of 2016 and plans for 2017.

The beginning of 2016 saw significant changes to our journal “Medical Writing”. The new look is brighter, more modern and more welcoming and reflects the fact that it is a combination of journal, magazine and professional newsletter rather than a purely academic journal. I never cease to be amazed by the breadth and quality of the articles included and would like to thank our editor, Phil Leventhal, his co-editors and all those of you who contribute to the journal for making this such and interesting and valuable resource

May 2016 saw the launch of CORE Reference, a user manual to help medical writers create regulatory compliant clinical study reports. This 2 year project was a joint initiative with AMWA and involved many hundreds of hours of work by a dedicated group of writers under the chairmanship of Sam Hamilton. I would like to thank them all for their sterling efforts on this project which has significantly raised our profile within the Medical Communications area and provided such a useful resource.

We hosted another successful conference in Munich in May with over 50 workshops, as well as our 4th Symposium on the topic of “Scientific and Medical Communication Today”. We launched our Internship Forum, a new initiative aimed at providing an opportunity for those new to the industry to meet companies with available positions at the conference. This was a great success and we will be continuing the forum in Birmingham this May.

Our Autumn conference was held in Brussels and in addition to the full programme of workshops included an extended Freelance Business Forum with Marco Torregrossa, Secretary General of the European Forum of Independent Professionals as guest speaker and an early morning “Show IT, Share IT”  session where members shared tips with each other.  

We have a number of exciting new initiatives planned for 2017.

You may be aware that the website can be slow at times. We are investing in a new website platform which will significantly improve response time and allow us to develop the website further. We hope to have this faster “new look” site up and running within the next few months and will keep you up to date on progress. We will also be replacing the conference brochure which is currently provided in PDF format, with a new dedicated conference “mini-site”. This will bring all of the conference information together in one place and provide the relevant information in a more easily accessible format. Users will be able to personalise the information, both through selecting the information they see such as advanced workshops only or symposium information only, and through selecting only their own personal programme of what they have booked.

Over the last few months we have been working with AMWA and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) to update our position statement on the role of professional medical writers in the development of articles, abstracts, posters, and oral presentations in peer-reviewed journals or at scientific congresses. The joint document will be published early in 2017.

Our next conference takes place at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham from Tuesday 2nd May to Saturday 6th May. The programme will be released in January and includes our 5th symposium day entitled “Transparency and Disclosure of Clinical Regulatory Documentation”. This will explore important developments on data transparency with views from regulatory bodies and the pharmaceutical industry as well as writers themselves. The conference will also host a lunchtime seminar on clinical trial disclosure requirements, our second internship forum and introductory talk for potential new writers, as well as the well established freelance business forum. We also have a session on mindfulness and a range of exciting social events. There really is something for everyone.

Finally there will be elections for the positions of Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer in April. You will already have received an e-mail with details about this. Applications need to be received by 16th January so if you are interested please get your candidate statements in as soon as possible.

I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and hope to get the opportunity to speak to as many of you as possible during the final few months of my presidentship.

Best Wishes,

Alison Rapley
EMWA President

Reminder: EMWA needs you for your 2017 Executive Committee!

Dear EMWA member,

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the forthcoming elections for positions in the Executive Committee (EC). The positions are: Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer. We welcome applications from any EMWA members who meet the eligibility criteria set out below.

To be eligible for any of the positions, candidates must be paid-up EMWA members, and must have attended at least one spring conference in the previous three years. In addition, specifically for each role:

  • Vice-President: Must have either served on the EC previously or served EMWA in another official capacity in the previous three years (e.g. workshop leader, or on a subcommittee).
  • Honorary Secretary: no other requirements
  • Treasurer: no other requirements
  • Public Relations Officer: no other requirements
Please see the EMWA Executive Committee page which contains the job descriptions for individual positions. If you would like to apply, please provide a candidate statement of up to 400 words, indicating the position you are interested in, and include a picture of yourself embedded into the Word document, to info@emwa.org by 16 January 2017. Voting details will be sent out electronically in April 2017. The successful candidates will be notified before the Annual Meeting which will take place at the EMWA Spring Conference in Birmingham in May 2017.

In addition, the EC are looking for volunteers who can help support some of the present committee members in their roles, so if there are other ways you would like to get involved with EMWA, please feel free to contact us at info@emwa.org.

Best regards,
Raquel Billiones,
Honorary Secretary

New CORE Reference publication

EMWA members may be interested to read the latest publication related to the CORE Reference initiative:

Hamilton S, Forjanic Klapproth A. ‘A new standard for medical writing’. WorldPharma Clinical Trials Insight 2016 (2):13-14

You can find more information and further publications on www.core-reference.org.