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Interview of Geert Behets, Director Global Travel at UCB Pharma Belgium

Interview of Geert Behets, Director Global Travel at UCB Pharma Belgium

Geert Behets from UCB Pharma Belgium, gives his impressions about EMEC15 and the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate

We asked Geert Behets Director Global Travel & Fleet Management from UBC Pharma and experienced Corporate Meeting Planner a few questions on the HMCC certificate by MPI presented for the first time in Europe at EMEC15 conference.

Q: You attended for the first time EMEC 15 in Krakow, what is your overall opinion about the conference?

Quite interesting – the networking was quite good and the workshops were qualitative.

Q: What were your objectives coming to EMEC and did you reach them?

Meeting new people, learn and follow HMCC – yes I reached these.

Q: At EMEC 15 in Krakow, you attended the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, what are the takeaways of this session?

Knowing more on the background and how to keep informed on new developments since this is still a moving target.

Q: Another key aspect is “Compliance”, how was it addressed in the HMCC session?

I felt sometimes that there was too much emphasis on “something we have to do” rather than “something we want to do” for the patients and the reputation of pharmaceutical companies. Some of the attendees were definitely attending in an effort to find ways around it.

Q: More specific, in your opinion how has the procurement of meetings & events changed in the last years?

Transparency has become bigger; not only for compliance but also  in how companies approach the suppliers. The suppliers are not ready for this yet.

Q: For corporate planners, doesn’t procurement restrict or limit the planner to be less creative in the meetings & events?

Not if your procurement department is good.

Q: In your opinion why should meeting professionals attend EMC 2016 in Copenhagen?

I have not yet made up my mind. The full day event canvas that I attended was so good that it will be hard to top!

Q: Do you have any additional comments?

There should be more room to meet suppliers in a structured manner if you do not want to be a hosted buyer.

Next HMCC certificate course by MPI will take place at IMEX Frankfurt on Monday 18th May!

Schedule: 09:00-13:00 Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) - Speaker: Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC and Director HMCC Department at MPI Professional Development

This Certificate program is a partnership between the Workforce Center at Saint Louis University (SLU) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The HMCC is a four-hour seminar that provides .4 CEUs or four clock hours toward your certification or recertification of your CMP.

Watch now the interview with Esther Willems, Corporate Meeting Planner at MSD Pharma Netherlands done at EMEC15 in Krakow:


Save the date : EMEC16 from 7 to 9 February 2016 in Copenhagen!

The MPI in Europe Team

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