PCR has issued a statement announcing that it is officially cancelling the 2020 physical EuroPCR congress, which was due to take place in two weeks’ time (19–22 May, Paris, France). According to the statement, the “sanitary and legal environment”—specifically, the current ban in France on public gatherings exceeding more than 5,000 participants—have led to the cancellation.
The statement notes: “The weeks leading up to this announcement have allowed us to safeguard the interests of the vast network supporting our annual course. Over the last two to three months, the PCR mission of sharing knowledge, experience and practice has remained more actively relevant than ever. As always throughout the year, multiple educational resources are freely available for everybody on PCRonline.”
However, it says that PCR “remains committed” to working with the programme committee “to swiftly provide the community with a full update on late-breaking trials and other essential educational content”. The statement adds that details of the dates and platform upon which this independent medical education will be delivered shall be made known in the coming weeks.
As to why the congress has only been cancelled now (5 May), in a Q&A section on its website, PCR says: “For practical and financial reasons, we have needed to adapt to the legal framework in order to safeguard the interests of the vast network of individuals and organisations (clinicians and allied healthcare professionals, industry partners, hotels, audiovisual providers, caterers and booth builders, amongst others), whose sustainability through the COVID crisis is at stake.”
Full statement, click here