Nanjing Declaration to Promote Ethical Environment in the Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical Sectors through 2020 (USA)

Agenda Item: 16.1
It was proposed by the United States in which stakeholders jointly agreed to specific goals and actions, including a target to double the number of industry associations that have adopted or achieved formal progress toward a code of ethics between 2012 and 2015. The Nanjing Declaration was subsequently endorsed by APEC SME Ministers and APEC Ministers in 2014.

Outcomes of APEC Industry Forum on Addressing Barriers to Trade in Health Care Products: Helping SMEs Participate in Global Value Chains

An one‐day forum focused on identifying the barriers to trade in health care products was held on June 8, 2015 in Atlanta, the United States. In the forum, public and private sector participants discussed the barriers to trade in the health care sector that significantly hinders access to safe and effective medical products.  Speakers from a range of government agencies and industry representatives highlighted experiences exporting and importing in the health care sector, and emphasized that many of these barriers disproportionately impact SMEs.

Business Ethics for SMEs Initiative

2014/SMEWG39/042 Agenda Item: 16.1 The Business Ethics for APEC SMEs initiative was in its fifth year, served as one of the largest and most successful public - private partnership efforts of the SME Working Group. Initially focused on the medical device, biopharmaceutical and construction sectors, the initiative has supported the development of new codes of ethics across 10 APEC economies where they previously did not exist. High standard APEC principles of codes was extended to nearly 1,500 additional SMEs over the previous two years.

Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative

Agenda Item: 16.8
The United States reported that in just three years, the APEC SME Business Ethics Initiative supported the development of 19 new industry codes across nine economies in the healthcare sector where they previously did not exist, expanded high standard APEC principles to more than 14,000 companies, of which over 8,000 are SMEs.