Med Comms SIG

All members:


Co-chaired by Slavka Baronikova and Andrea Rossi.

Committee Members:

Andrea Bucceri and Thomas Schindler.

SIG Supporting Members:

Amanda Whereat-Terdjman, Ana Sofia Correia, Angelika Schedel, Art Gertel, Aurélie Gobet, Beatrix Doerr, Carola Krause, Catherine Hill, Chris Winchester, Diarmuid De Faoite, John Gonzalez, Laetitia Paris, Lisa Chamberlain James, Martin Delahunty, Miyuki Tauchi, Paolo Rega, Sampoorna Rappaz, Sara Ferrao, Silvia Soffia, Simon Linacre, Tim van Hartevelt

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MedComm SIG objectives:

The Medical Communications Special Interest Group (MedComm SIG) intends to support wide medical communication activities including scientific disclosure & publications, communication with the general public, and to act as a source of affordable and updated information.

Latest news and activities

Most recent activities, news items, or documents.

Subgroups and topics

Scientific Publishing

  • Key subgroup members: Andrea Bucceri, Thomas Schindler, Andrea Rossi, Chris Winchester, Martin Delahunty, Sampoorna Rappaz, Simon Linacre, Slavka Baronikova, 



The AMWA-EMWA-ISMPP Joint Position Statement (JPS) on predatory publishing has been published, translated to different languages, and shared through social media and networking. Activities include:

  • the preparation of a webinar and related articles in MEW
  • the development of further educational materials
  • liaison with AMWA and ISMPP to maximize educational activities within these associations are ongoing in order to enlarge the JPS impact, knowledge and training.
  • lectures on predatory congresses and update on predatory editors are under preparation for next EMWA congresses.


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Predatory Publishing Seminar

by Peter Hornung - 48th EMWA Conference, Vienna - 8th May 2019

Plain Language Summaries

  • Key subgroup members: Lisa Chamberlain James, Art Gertel, Martin Delahunty, Sampoorna Rappaz, Slavka Baronikova, Thomas Schindler, Andrea Bucceri


The activities of this group include the identification of, and update on, best practice concerning writing for patients and the general public.

This group is working on the development of the CDISC glossary as well as interacting with EMA for the development of the EMA glossary.


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  • Key subgroup members: Aurélie Gobet, Paolo Rega, Ana Sofia Correia, Laetitia Paris, Miyuki Tauchi.



The activity of this group includes writing articles on medical translation to show the common processes between medical writing and medical translation. The aim also is to raise awareness on the medical translation among medical writers. For now, the articles are either theoretical (e.g. articles on the Latin and Greek origin of medical terms) or practical (e.g. actual examples in medical translation).


It does not include any topic on writing for regulatory authorities, but the articles might explain what a medical translator needs to be aware of when translating for health authorities.


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RWE generation, disclosure and publishing

  • Key subgroup members: Andrea Bucceri, Catherine Hill, Tim van Hartevelt



The activity includes the identification of best practices to disclose RWE data, data transparency (including the registration and publication of observational trials) and the levels of evidence.

An SBB is under preparation for next congress.


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  • Key subgroup members: Slavka Baronikova



Updates are under monitoring. As soon as a timeline for updating will be available, this will be shared.


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Medical Journalism

      • Key subgroup members: Amy Whereat and Miyuki Tauchi, Sara Ferrao,,Silvia Soffia, Simon Linacre


Activities include instructions for EMWA members involved in fact checking initiatives are under development.

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8th EMWA Symposium

The 8th EMWA symposium day explored the challenging topic of research integrity. Research integrity is at the core of the research endeavour. It is the basis for researchers’ trust in each other and in the research record and, equally importantly, society’s trust in research.

To address mounting concern about research transparency and reproducibility, researchers, funders and journals need to work together to deliver practical solutions. Addressing research integrity is a shared task and we, as medical communicators and publication planners, have an important role to play.

At the first virtual EMWA symposium, researchers, journal publishers, the pharmaceutical industry and medical communications agencies provided their perspectives, gave their recommendations and fostered real-world discussion on research integrity – why it matters to all of us, and how we can work together to strengthen it.

    • Session 1 - Click here
    • Session 2 - Click here
    • Session 3 - Click here