Shane Carmichael, the GMC’s Assistant Director for Strategy and Communication looks forward to the GMC hosting the biannual international conference of medical regulators.

As proud hosts, we are counting down to IAMRA 2014 which opens on Tuesday 9 September.

Delegates from over 40 countries will attend the biannual conference of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA). The conference provides an opportunity for regulators, doctors, government officials, academics and patient leaders to share ideas about how to best evaluate risk in medical practice and reduce harm to patients.

The four-day conference will cover:

  • Approaches to medical regulation across the world
  • The art of harm-reduction and risk based regulation
  • How to maintain trust in the medical profession
  • The future of medical regulation.

You can see the full conference agenda here.

Opening the event will be Under Secretary of State Dr Dan Poulter. He will be joined by the outgoing Chair of IAMRA, Philip Pigou, and the incoming Chair, our CEO, Niall Dickson and GMC Chair, Professor Sir Peter Rubin.

Key speakers will include Sir Robert Francis QC and Dr Margaret Mungherera, President of the World Medical Association. We are also welcoming Professor Malcolm Sparrow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on 11 September, who will guest blog here about his work as both a regulatory academic and practitioner on regulation.

The conference is sold out with over 400 delegates attending, but we will share highlights through this blog and tweet links to the key presentations and research papers throughout next week.

It promises to be a great conference and you can keep up to date with what’s happening and share your views by following @GMCUK and #IAMRA2014.  I will also be tweeting live from the conference at @shanecarmichael.