Clarisse Aillet

As an external consultant at MedTech Europe, Clarisse has been supporting the Legal and Compliance team since 2015. She has been leading the outreach towards the European Medical Community at large and steering the discussions on the future of medical education between industry, the Healthcare Professionals and the Professional Congress Organisers. She is also in charge of the Ethical MedTech Compliance Portal, designed to raise awareness of industry’s ethical standards, and supervises the Conference Vetting System, e4ethics and the Ethical Charter initiatives.

Clarisse Aillet has been working in Brussels for about 15 years in both the private and the public sector, handling EU public affairs and governmental relations, stakeholder management, corporate communications, crisis management and social media.

One of the strongest trends I have observed in healthcare over the past decade has been the growth of patient power. Patients are actively shaping their care like never before. In response, health systems and companies are increasingly focused on the outcomes and experiences that matter to patients. The voice of patients is also becoming more important to the development of medical technologies – a trend accelerated by the rapid uptake of digital tools. By listening to patients, companies can ensure that their products deliver value to patients by improving their quality of life. The case for collaboration is strong: the medtech industry and patient organisations share the aim of improving the awareness, prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of disease. So, why is closer engagement not yet the norm? As someone with a close eye on compliance, I am acutely aware that companies and patient organisations are keen to collaborate in an ethical and transparent way. It is vital that no collaboration is ever commercially motivated, or perceived as such, where support is provided. I also realise this may be new territory for some, and that even seasoned patient engagement professionals can benefit from clarity when building new partnerships. That’s why MedTech Europe has developed new Guidance on the interactions between the medtech industry and patient organisations . The guide supports medical technology companies in working with patient organisations in a way that reflects the MedTech Europe Ethical Principles of transparency, independence, integrity & trust, and equivalence. Transparency The nature and goal of any collaboration should be clear and open. This means entering written agreements detailing the objectives, supports (financial or in-kind) and any potential conflicts of interest, and being transparent about funding on campaign materials and websites. Independence The independence of patient organisations is in the interest of all...