Medical conferences held at luxurious hotels with lavish dinners and cultural festivities might soon become a thing of the past due to new rules from the National Medical Commission.

These regulations prohibit doctors from participating in any seminars, workshops, or conferences that receive sponsorships, either directly or indirectly, from pharmaceutical companies or the allied health sector.

Breaching these regulations could result in the suspension of a doctor’s license for a period of three months.

Section 35 of these fresh professional conduct guidelines also prevents doctors and their families from receiving consultancy fees or honorariums from pharmaceutical companies or their representatives.