PDA Statement Regarding COVID-19
Last updated: March 19, 2020
PDA considers safety and health of event attendees as a subject of utmost importance. This is relevant as attendees from various countries, regions, and continents will come to PDA events. The coronavirus outbreak is a global concern. Our sympathies are with those affected around the world.
PDA is committed to maintaining opportunities for volunteers and individuals from the pharmaceutical industry to meet, wherever we can do so. PDA relies on experts in that field, from global bodies like the World Health Organization, to national and local health authorities where we are running events, to provide appropriate guidance.
PDA has implemented a set of measures to protect participants and staff from potential risks related to COVID-19 as best as possible. This includes a close and regular monitoring of the situation, adherence to recommendations of health authorities and official travel warnings, possibilities of remote presentations, and precautions being implemented at our venues.
For PDA staff, we are suspending all business travel, until further notice. Our Pandemic Preparedness Plan is in effect, and we will begin teleworking for all US employees on March 16, 2020 for two (2) weeks. In Berlin, we will invoke teleworking from March 16 until April 24 (per German government mandate).
We will continue to monitor the situation and make other announcements, as necessary.
Be assured that we will continue to operate and provide the service that our members have come to expect from PDA.
2020 PDA Annual Meeting
Regarding the 2020 PDA Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC, we have been following the situation very closely. In light of the situation with a growing number of our participants not being able to travel, we are rescheduling the 2020 PDA Annual Meeting to July 20-22, 2020 at the same venues. The 2020 PDA Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Data Science Workshop will be held July 23, 2020. The Annual Meeting Training Courses will be held July 23-24, 2020. All registrations will be transferred to the new dates without penalty.
We recognize the challenge this may cause, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Like you, we are trying to respond to the changing situation. We will be offering virtual attendance in the July meetings as an alternative to in-person attendance.
2020 PDA Europe Visual Inspection Forum
We have been monitoring the Corona virus situation closely. Travel restrictions have been widely implemented in European countries and globally in the last couple of days. We consider the safety and health of attendees and staff as subject of utmost importance. PDA Europe has therefore decided to postpone the Visual Inspection Forum planned for 21-22 April 2020, and the associated training courses to a later date in 2020.
We recognize the challenge this may cause, and we do apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding and patience while we are exploring alternate dates and venues. PDA will inform you about the up-dated schedule within the next few weeks.
Regarding Other Events:
PDA will continue to monitor the situation and make additional announcements as the conditions require. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
We caution everyone to be vigilant and refer to the guidance of the worldwide authorities:
WHO Recommendations and Advice for the Public:
During previous outbreaks due to other coronavirus (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), human-to-human transmission occurred through droplets, contact and fomites, suggesting that the transmission mode of the COVID-19 can be similar. The basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following:
- Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
- Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
- People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).