Parallel trade of pharmaceuticals products is an area which requires a good knowledge of regulatory, trade mark/IP and competition laws. This workshop aims to address the issues that the pharmaceutical industry faces in protecting its IP rights and its distribution strategies whilst at the same time remaining on the right side of competition law; as well as exploring the regulatory requirements that the parallel traders will have to comply with.

The aim is to address the issues using an interactive case study based approach which will highlight and identify the relevant legal issues along the way. The potential effects of Brexit will also be explored.

Parallel trade in pharmaceuticals is a mature and developed business but continues to challenge manufacturers. Although the overall level of trade within the EEA is broadly stable at around 5% of sales, the underlying dynamics are turbulent with continuing exchange rate uncertainty, increasing fragmentation with many different types of products affected and BREXIT on the horizon. Pharmaceutical and device manufacturers now recognise it is a cross-departmental effort to ensure business integrity. This workshop will educate attendees on the following:

• Challenges of logistics and supply
• Challenges of data availability and accuracy
• Internal issues and resolution
• Revenue and profit
• Ensuring patient supply

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Chairs' Opening Remarks

Marie Manley

Marie Manley, Partner and Head of the Regulatory Practice, Bristows
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14:10 Session 1 - The key regulatory requirements

Marie Manley

Marie Manley, Partner and Head of the Regulatory Practice, Bristows
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• Free movement of good framework, exhaustion of IP rights and the exception for pharmaceutical product
• Importance of the Specific Mechanism and relevant case law
• Brexit conundrum

14:50 The Trademark issues

Marie Manley

Marie Manley, Partner and Head of the Regulatory Practice, Bristows
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• Overview of the trade mark legal framework
• Discussing the packaging case
• The impact of Brexit

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Session 3 - Competition Issues

Marie Manley

Marie Manley, Partner and Head of the Regulatory Practice, Bristows
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• Setting out the scene on Article 101and 102 of the Treaty
• Competition Stock management policy (as well as the Bayer Adalat Case)
• Dual pricing issues and corresponding cases
• The impact of Brexit

16:40 Session 4 - Question and Answer Session

Marie Manley

Marie Manley, Partner and Head of the Regulatory Practice, Bristows
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17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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