A recent article in the MAP newsletter from the International Society of Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP) highlights further recent recognition for the Joint Position Statement on the Role of Professional Medical Writers (JPS). The article looks at how the JPS has raised awareness, been applied, and positively impacted the global medical community since it was released almost 2 years ago.
The JPS provides a unified stance on the role of professional medical writers in the development of medical and scientific publications from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), and ISMPP. It describes the responsibilities of professional medical writers and of the authors who choose to collaborate with them and provides a template disclosure statement for medical writing support. Worldwide endorsements and exchanges between scientific and medical writing organisations, journal editors, industry critics and academics, reflect the expanding awareness and consistent interest in its principles.
As a reflection of this growing global interest, the JPS is now available in 12 languages so it can be more easily read, understood and applied to medical publications. Nevertheless, AMWA, EMWA, and ISMPP still call upon their members to communicate the role of the JPS both within and outside of the professional medical writing community.