RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC--(Marketwired - September 16, 2015) - In addition to developing and publishing an array of materials each year, medical publications groups must remain compliant with existing industry regulations. To that end, many life science companies arm dedicated publications teams with some level of compliance training, which is often integrated into new-hire programs. According to a market intelligence study by Cutting Edge Information, teams may also conduct ad hoc training to keep team members up-to-date with current regulations.

For example, a Top 20 companywide publications team implements compliance training for new hires along with an annual refresher for the entire team. The company also disseminates new regulations and compliance issues as they arise throughout the teams. As medical publications team members attend conferences, they take note of regulatory issues impacting publications practices and share their learnings throughout the team. Sometimes, these regulatory changes inspire change within the company's existing publications policies and practices. Other times, these are small adjustments of which all team members should be made aware.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of all surveyed medical publications groups undergo at least one hour of compliance training; 10% of all surveyed teams receive more than 20 hours of training. "Although compliance training levels do not vary significantly across publications team types, company size does impact training hours," said Sarah Ray, senior research analyst at Cutting Edge Information. "Among surveyed companies, many Top 20 and Top 50 pharma organizations with companywide publications teams conduct upward of six hours of compliance training. Conversely, many surveyed small pharmaceutical and medical device organizations report that their companywide teams do not undergo compliance training." Corporate level business unit teams follow similar trends: larger pharmaceutical companies' teams report between one and five hours of compliance training. One-third (33%) of surveyed small drug and medical device business unit publications groups do not undertake compliance training at all.

"Medical Publications Planning: Uniting Traditional and Emerging Channels to Foster Transparency" ( highlights structure, staffing and spending at high and low-output publications groups throughout the life sciences industry. This research encourages medical communications teams to understand the risk and benefits of increased openness within the scientific and medical community. This benchmarking study has helped medical publications executives to:

  • Employ proactive transparency practices to benefit both the company and the public
  • Mitigate the effects of the Sunshine Act as it pertains to publications authors and investigators
  • Demonstrate value within the organization and obtain sufficient resources to enable strategic planning
  • Benchmark publication strategies and resources of similar size, responsibility and output

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