Responding to the billions of dollars in industry fines paid under the False Claims Act, The Center for Communication Compliance (CCC) has launched a new online compliance portal.
Chaired by former FDA employee Wayne Pines, the CCC portal offers regulatory compliance tests (RCTs) online. Current RCTs available on the website range from $100 for an “advanced test,” and $300 for a “basic test.” Public relations RCTs are available now, with advertising and promotional medical education RCTs launching in September, according to CCC president and founder Ilyssa Levins. Participants scoring higher than 80% on the test will receive a certificate of “regulatory compliance competency.”
Public relations agencies Weber Shandwick and Porter Novelli have both committed to certifying their healthcare staff in all US offices, according to a company statement. In addition to the RCT certification, healthcare professionals can purchase consulting packages for reviewing campaign materials, from the initial campaign conception, to programing and actual ads, notes Levins.
Advisory board members at CCC include Jill Alvarez, JD, partner, Nixon Peabody Technology and Intellectual Property Group, Alan Bennett, JD, managing partner at Ropes & Gray, Glenn Byrd, MBA, RAC, director of regulatory affairs at MedImmune, and Dr. John Kamp, executive director of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication, among others.