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CR202. Good Psychiatric Practice: Relationships with pharmaceutical and other related organisations

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Approved: Jul 2016

Published: Mar 2017

Status: current

Number of pages: 14

Review by: 2019

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This document provides guidance to those interacting or working with commercial organisations, including the pharmaceutical industry, on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The guidance applies mainly to competing interests but also includes advice on maintaining boundaries and clarity of roles.

All psychiatrists must follow the guidance and standards of the General Medical Council (GMC) and their employing organisations for all aspects of their work, including clinical practice, research, teaching and any other roles they undertake in their capacity as a psychiatrist. Where relevant, they must follow codes of practice published from time to time by organisations such as the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), the Medicines and Healthcare prod­ucts Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the government.

Not all competing interests affecting psychiatry are financial in nature. Other examples include the possible competing interest between a researcher’s allegiance to a school of thought and the integrity of psychotherapy research, or between a psychiatrist’s political com­mitment and patients’ welfare (Maj, 2008).

Those who hold an elected or appointed post within any part of the College and/or who undertake any work for, or represent, the College in any capacity will be expected to follow the general guide­lines mentioned above, and also the guidelines outlined explicitly in this document.

Please note this document replaces CR148. Good Psychiatric Practice: Relationships with Pharmaceutical and Other Commercial Organisations (from 2008) and CR117: Good Psychiatric Practice: Interim guidance on the relationship between psychiatrists and commercial sponsors and the sponsorship of College activities (from 2003).


Meaning and scope of ‘competing interest’ for purposes of this guidance

General guidance
Additional guidance
Declaration of competing interests
Organised meetings

College activities, the pharmaceutical industry and other commercial organisations: guidance
Financial guidance and transactions
Meetings, conferences and educational events
Research undertaken on behalf of the College  
Prizes and fellowships
Public education activities

Further reading


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