In line with Government advice, PAGB has taken steps to make our workplace COVID-19 secure, which will enable us to implement a phased return from the start of September. Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of staff and members and we will monitor the situation on a regular basis.
From 1 September 2020, PAGB’s central London office will be open for PAGB staff only. PAGB team members will attend the office in two bubbles, each working two days a week in the office and the rest of the time at home.
All member services will stay online
We know that our members will be adapting their own working policies at different times; we will continue to provide our services in a flexible way to ensure all members can continue to engage with PAGB wherever they are.
Accessing member services
We will continue to provide services to you including copy clearance, advertising and regulatory advice, media issues management, training and events using online meeting tools such as Webex and Microsoft Teams.
Working groups and meetings
Our working groups will continue to meet virtually rather than face to face
All other meetings will be held over Webex, Microsoft Teams or telephone. The meeting leader will provide joining details in advance of the meeting
PAGB staff will not be attending external meetings in person but we are still actively engaging with stakeholders, partners and members via virtual meetings, email and telephone.
The PAGB office will not be open to external visitors and there will be no room bookings or hot desking available at this time.
Workshops will continue to run as online webinars
We’ve been delivering our popular advertising and regulatory workshops as webinars since the start of lockdown to ensure you can continue to ensure your teams are confident about OTC advertising and regulation. Participants have given excellent feedback on the training in its new format. To help participants manage their other diary commitments, and avoid webinar fatigue, our full-day workshops have been rescheduled to run over two half-days. Find out more and book online here
Future workshop bookings remain valid and places can be booked until the end of the year. We will make final decisions on where or in what format to run future workshops according to our assessment of the government advice at the time.
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Thank you to all members for adapting to the new ways of working and for your ongoing engagement with PAGB. Our aim is to continue to provide practical support, advice and excellent member service throughout this difficult time. We recognise that this is not ‘business as usual’ for anyone, but we are doing all we can to support our members and staff now, and as we all adapt to the new reality. Please let us know if there is anything that PAGB can do to support you at this time.
We will review our actions as further guidance is issued, prioritising the safety and wellbeing of our staff and members. We will continue to update members on PAGB’s Covid-19 activity via this webpage and in our newsletters. Please check back for updates.
PAGB is actively representing the industry on Covid-19 issues
PAGB is in regular meetings with the life sciences sector, MHRA and Government to ensure that the voice of the consumer healthcare industry is represented and its contribution to the response to the pandemic is recognised.
Details of this work are shared with PAGB regulatory contacts in member companies and with members of PAGB working groups.
Working groups such as the Regulatory Affairs Group, Medical Devices Regulatory Group and various sub-groups are actively feeding-in to these discussions via meetings and through urgent response email communication with PAGB’s regulatory team.
Visit PAGB’s member-only Covid-19 blog and subscribe to our daily briefing email to make sure you’re always up-to-date.
With so much new information coming from regulators and government departments on a daily basis it can be hard to stay on top of it all. Our blog and email briefing bring it all together in one place for PAGB members.
You can continue to contact us as normal during office hours via e-mail or phone – calls will be diverted to individuals. A full list of telephone numbers and email addresses is available in the members’ area of the PAGB website. (log-in or register here).