Dear BFS IOA member

The corona/covid19 situation have no doubt affected our lives and behaviours in an unprecedented way, and in line with many other big events organizers, the BFS IOA board has decided to regretfully cancel all our BFS IOA meetings in 2020. The decision have not been easy, but in view that one cannot predict how global travel restrictions will develop, how companies travel policies going forward will change, combined with an unknown risk of a potential second wave of corona this fall; the BFS IOA board feel it would be a too big risk for us to move forward with the planned events here in 2020. Regretfully!

So what do we do instead…?

  • We will survey the interest to host 1-2 webinars during fall of 2020 – if we have good response on this, we will plan these and work to set these up for September/October time frame and perhaps one later in November/December.  
  • We will continue the work on updating the BFS IOA Points to Consider
  • We will follow and try to influence the new Annex 1 of EU GMP
  • We encourage members to follow activities and questions on our member forum for member interaction
  • We plan to improve our website in regard to member administration.

What about my BFS IOA membership for 2020?

In BFS IOA, we are happy to see that wast majority of our members have renewed and paid their memberships for 2020, which is an important support for our activities going forward to act and be a viable interest group on behalf of the BFS industry. That said, we will of course have less costs due to not having any live BFS IOA meetings in 2020, why we offer that all members that have paid their membership fee for 2020 will have 50% reduce membership fee in 2021.

BFS IOA meeting sponsors 2020

To our most valued meeting sponsors, we propose to roll your paid sponsorship for 2020 events to same 2021 events. We hope for your continued support and appreciate your trust. Our 2020 sponsors are listed on our website.

Annual General Meeting 2020

The AGM 2020 will be held via email vote. The annual report for 2019 and budget for 2020 will in short be posted and shared via our website for review and approval. Current board members are willing to extend their serving time with another year, thus board propose to postpone voting on new board members to our next ‘live’ AGM meeting in 2021.

We hope for your understanding of the difficult and unanimous board decisions on cancelling our normal meeting activities during these difficult evolving times. We hope our lives and our societies soon come back to normal allowing us to meet again. Meanwhile, please stay safe and thank you for your efforts in securing supply of BFS products to our global healthcare sector.

Kind regards

BFS IOA board