502 - Is Pharma allowed to sponsor an independently-developed, physician-managed, online discussion forum? Pharma would have no involvement other than to provide funding for its development. What if the discussion forum is managed by Pharma's communication agency?


  • It’s not a matter of “can you?” It’s a matter of whether it is advertising? This assessment requires consideration of all 7 factors outlined in the Health Canada document “The Distinction Between Advertising and Other Activities”. PAAB can provide an opinion in consideration of all factors that are applicable in your particular case (see the fee schedule on our website).
    If it is not advertising, it is not subject to the advertising provisions. If it is advertising, the answer is still “yes” but the pharma sponsor is responsible to ensure that the content falls within the federal advertising regulations.