Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

25 February, 2020

Updated 3 March, 2020

ISPE is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus situation and we are following the World Health Organization (WHO) guidance and travel advice. Every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of our members, staff and other stakeholders participating in our global conferences and training programs. We are constantly evaluating the situation and will provide updates as the situation evolves.

At the present time, the following events have been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus:

  • Due to company-instituted travel restrictions and the potential for facilitating transmission during the event, the ISPE Leadership Team has decided to postpone the 2020 ISPE Europe Annual Conference and Training in Madrid.  We are actively exploring alternate dates and venues, and hope to have our revised schedule finalized in the next few weeks. All conference and training registrants, exhibitors, and stakeholders have been contacted directly.  If you have not been contacted, or you wish to speak with an ISPE representative, please email us at

All other ISPE conferences and training programs will continue as scheduled until further notice. Please be sure to check the individual event website pages for more information. Should an event need to be postponed or canceled, all participants will receive email updates from ISPE with additional details and instructions.

ISPE is implementing preventative measures at all conferences and training programs, including the availability of sanitizing and disinfecting materials for public use. ISPE advises those living locally to outbreaks for the coronavirus (active cases reported, and cases reported increasing) to avoid traveling to participate in group training or conference events in order to minimize the likelihood of carrying the virus to other event attendees. In addition, we recommend using everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses, including these basic protective measures suggested by the World Health Organization:

  • Wash your hands frequently – use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub to kill viruses
  • Maintain social distancing – at least 1 meter between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – to prevent the transfer of the virus to areas where it may enter your body
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Seek medical care early if you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing

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