Germany introduces blue hand symbol to label training materials for healthcare professionals

In Germany a new logo has been implemented to label training materials for healthcare professionals with authority approval, as announced by the the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) in December (see announcement). Such training materials are used for medicines where the patient information leaflet is not sufficient to minimise their risk. The logo is a blue hand and is printed on the training material itself. It is derived from the logo red hand which is used for safety relevant information for medicines addressed to healthcare professionals.

This measure was initiated to distinguish training materials from advertisements. In the past the differentiation between training material and advertisements for medicines was sometimes difficult, which could lead to loss of important information and an increased risks. In a real case a medicine was overdosed as a physician ignored the training material outlining that the medicine is now dispensed in an increased strength, mistakenly thinking it was advertisement.

With this change all new trainings material should from now on contain the blue hand symbol for differentiation reasons.

Training materials with German authority approval can be found on the BfArM and PEI websites here and here respectively.