MedTech-approved third-party organizations may be able to provide international travel support for healthcare professionals who are based outside of the US to attend Live Valves 2019.

Effective January 1, 2018, the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice, AdvaMed, and APACMed prohibit medical device companies (MDCs) from providing direct financial sponsorship for registration, housing, travel, and meals to healthcare professionals (HCPs) to attend medical education conferences or training programs such as Live Valves 2019.

However, MDCs may give restricted educational grants to certain organizations to provide financial support to non-U.S.-based HCPs to attend Live Valves2019 and similar medical education events. For the complete MedTech rules, click here.

  • Healthcare organizations: MDCs are permitted to provide educational grants to hospitals. The hospital administrator is responsible for allocating grants to eligible HCPs. Check with your cath lab director or hospital administrator for more information.
  • National society: MDCs are permitted to provide educational grants to national societies. Each society will be responsible for allocating grants to eligible HCPs. We encourage you to check with your society for more information.
  • Trusted third-party organization: A few MedTech-compliant, trusted third-party organizations have been approved to seek educational grants from MDCs to provide financial support to eligible HCPs to attend medical meetings such as Live Valves 2019. A few are listed below for your reference. For a complete list, click here.

MedTech Trusted Third Party




THT Europe


Karolina Bednarz

THT Europe

The Heart Team


Eva Butler



Benjamin Robin

Millbrook Medical Logistics Ltd

United Kingdom

Dominic Legate


Canada/Latin America

Grants & Scholarships

SWME Grants Page



Aldrin Gomes


South Africa

George Nel

 Important: These third parties are not affiliated, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) or Leipzig Heart Institute, the organizers of Live Valves 2019.

Guideline FAQs

Q. What is MedTech Europe?
A. MedTech Europe represents the medical technology industry in Europe and is an alliance of European medical technology industry associations. The alliance currently has two members: (1) the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA), representing the European in vitro diagnostic industry, and (2) Eucomed, representing the European medical devices industry.

Q. Who is a healthcare professional?
A. Adapted from the MedTech Code: A healthcare professional (HCP) means any individual with a clinical or non-clinical role—whether a government official or [an] employee or representative of a government agency or other public or private sector organization including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, technicians, laboratory scientists, researchers, research coordinators, and procurement professionals— [who], in the course of their professional activities, may directly or indirectly prescribe, purchase, lease, recommend, administer, use, supply, procure, or determine the purchase or lease of medical technologies [and/or] related services. 

Q. What other regions have new guidelines?
• Asia: APACMed
• China: AdvaMed
• Middle East: Mecomed

Q. What if I am faculty or a presenter at Live Valves 2019?
A. Healthcare professionals, regardless of their status as faculty, presenter, or attendee, must adhere to the medical device industry guidelines regulating physician support in their country.

Q. If I am a speaker at an industry-sponsored satellite program, can I get direct support?
A. Industry may directly support speakers for industry-sponsored satellite sessions.

Adapted from the MedTech Code: Member companies may engage healthcare professionals as consultants and advisors to provide bona fide consulting and other services, including but not limited to research, participation on advisory boards, presentations at company events, and product development. Member companies may pay for expenses reasonably incurred by consultants in providing the services [that] are the subject of the consulting agreement including reasonable travel, meals, and accommodation expenses incurred by consultants if attending meetings with, or on behalf of, member companies.

Q. How much are the grants?
A. There is no set amount for grants; grant amount is determined by each individual medical device company.