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Members of the media, investigators, organisations issuing press releases, sponsors and others with access to research accepted for presentation during an ESC event are required to abide by the ESC Media and Embargo Policy. Anyone who violates the ESC Media and Embargo Policy may be penalised.
The penalty may be immediate revocation of press credentials, denial of access to embargoed material and to all ESC events for a year or more.
Hot Line Studies, Basic and Translational Science, Clinical Trial, Registry Update, Oral and Poster abstract-based presentations are embargoed until the start of the session or the publication of the press release. Lead authors of these abstracts are responsible for notifying all authors and other relevant stakeholders of the embargo.
ESC and/or affiliated trademarks and logos are the property of the ESC. They cannot be used, reproduced or associated with any article or press release without the prior written permission of the ESC.
Photos/recordings and screenshots taken during an ESC event are subject to protection of intellectual property, image and privacy rights.
The ESC does not make its press database or registration lists available to third parties.
For any question about the ESC Media and Embargo Policy, please contact the ESC Press Office at: email@example.com.
Communicating about the ESC by way of social media is encouraged within embargo restrictions. The Twitter hashtag for ESC Congress is #ESCCongress. Follow ESC at @Escardio, @ESCardioNews , @ESC_Journals , and @ESCAdvocacy
By signing the ESC Embargo Form necessary for media registration or accreditation, or by accepting ESC embargoed materials, journalists acknowledge that the embargoed information is for their use in preparing media coverage and they will not distribute or publish the information while the embargo is in effect. Embargoed materials, as well as results and information related to sessions at any meeting or event organised by the ESC, are strictly confidential and cannot be disclosed in any manner or for any purpose prior to the lifting of the embargo by the ESC. The ESC Media and Embargo Policy also applies to news releases that include embargoed information scheduled for presentation at ESC Events.
Breaking of an ESC embargo by any media outlet, press representative, member of staff or any third party or person acting on their behalf, is a contractual breach. The person/entity who released the information will be held accountable and may be subjected to penalties (see section D).
Press registration is free and includes the following services: receiving press materials and free access as Press to ESC Congress and other ESC events.
To be eligible for press registration, press representatives must be directly involved in the creation of news content for media outlets and meet these categories: journalists/reporters, freelance journalists (upon presentation of letter of assignment), broadcast media (TV, radio), open newsletters, publicly available medical blogs.
Journalists and media representatives can register online, upon presentation of a valid press card (or appropriate letter of assignment) plus three recently published by-lined articles.
Press registration is not available to Industry or its public relations representatives or event management, nor to media outlet managers, marketing, sales or communication representatives, even if they have a valid press card. Please check the event registration pages to find alternative registration options.
Please note that company, media outlet business cards or membership cards are not accepted as credentials.
Press representatives accredited by the ESC benefit from a two-year press access to any ESC event.
The ESC Press Office reserves the right to withhold approval of press registration and press accreditation if the applicant does not satisfy the required criteria, or if the form is sent without the requested supporting documents. The decision of the ESC Press Office is final regarding all press registration requests.
Video or audio recordings and screenshots are strictly prohibited during a scientific presentation or session during an ESC.
The official ESC trademark and/or logo may not be added to any videos, recordings, photos etc. from an ESC event without the ESC’s prior written approval.
Photos/recordings taken during an ESC event are subject to protection of intellectual property, image and privacy rights. No screenshots or recordings allowed. The Press Office will provide webcasts of press conferences after the embargo lift.
Presenters are the sole proprietors of the content they disclose at ESC events (data, photographs, slides, etc.) It is the responsibility of presenters or speakers to notify the audience of any restrictions on photographing the content they are presenting. The announcement must be made at the beginning of each presentation.
Any video transmission or webcast from an ESC event must adhere to the ESC Media and Embargo Policy and only be published/available online after the start of the scientific session it refers to.
Only accredited press can access embargoed material. It is strictly forbidden to share your credentials and password with a third-party.
Any public dissemination of photos or videos taken at an ESC event must mention the said event (ex. ESC Congress). Commercial use of images taken at ESC events is strictly forbidden.
Breaking of the Photo/Video/Audio Recording Rules by any media outlet, press representative or any third party acting on their behalf is a contractual breach of the ESC Media and Embargo Policy that may lead to sanctions.
It is agreed that press representatives and media outlets are responsible for their use of ESC press material, respecting embargoes and their actions during ESC events and for those of any third party acting on their behalf.
Consequently, in the event of a breach of the present ESC Media and Embargo Policy, the ESC reserves the right to terminate immediately, without notice and without prejudice to any claim for damages, the agreement given to any registered participant and their representatives to attend an ESC event and/or to obtain official press material from the ESC Press Office.
Furthermore, breaking of any provision of the ESC Media and Embargo Policy is a contractual breach that may also lead to:
The ESC reserves the right to bar from its events any registered media representative who attempts to obtain advertising or subscriptions from any exhibitor or registrant, who promotes the marketing objectives of a single company or institution, or who otherwise misuses media privileges to engage in activities other than journalistic pursuits.
The absence of termination of the agreement and/or of any sanction from the ESC does not constitute an acknowledgment of the media outlet or press representative misconduct and the ESC reserves the right to proceed to the said termination and/or sanction at any time.
Any Industry, session presenter, exhibitor or their representatives taking part in an ESC event must adhere to the present the ESC Media and Embargo Policy. It is agreed that Industry, session presenters and exhibitors are responsible for their actions related to ESC events and for any publication or press material containing results and information related to an ESC event.
Industry, session presenters and exhibitors are also responsible for the action of members of their staff or any third party acting on their behalf, whether on-site or off-site.
Industry, session presenters, exhibitors or their PR representatives, may not distribute press materials related to ESC events, without prior written approval from the ESC Press Office.
An ESC Industry Press event is defined as an event organised by Industry in order to communicate with the media during an ESC Event.
Anyone who infringes the present ESC Media and Embargo Policy may be penalised.
The penalty may be barring from the ESC event without reimbursement and a denial of access to all ESC events for a year. See section E for more details.
Any press materials that Industry, session presenters, exhibitors or their representatives wish to release related to ESC event and which refer to science to be presented at the ESC event, must be sent electronically for review by the ESC Press Office at least two weeks before the event.
Press materials subject to this embargo comprise any ESC related news releases or statements, including press releases, summaries, abstracts, findings, etc.
Press materials may be released only once the embargo is lifted by the ESC.Results and information related to sessions at any event organised by the ESC are strictly confidential and cannot be presented or announced in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever prior to presentation in the ESC scientific session (unless the embargo has already been lifted by the ESC itself).
Should circumstances arise in which the trial organisers consider prior disclosure, total or in part, it is imperative that the ESC is consulted before dissemination (see section C).
Breaking of an ESC embargo by any Industry, session presenter, exhibitor or their public relations representatives, as well as any member of staff or any third party acting on the behalf of and/or under the authority of any Industry, session presenter or exhibitor, is a contractual breach. The person/entity who released the information will be held accountable and will be subjected to the penalties listed in section D.
Industry, exhibitors and/or their representatives may take photos or recordings only of their own industry sponsored sessions and meetings. They are not allowed to record the activities of other exhibitors.
No other Industry recording is allowed in any other place at any time.
Industry representatives or public relations/communication agencies organising Industry Press Conferences, Industry-sponsored sessions and/or meetings are responsible for protecting their content and enforcing their rules.
Recordings taken during an ESC event are subject to protection of intellectual property, image and privacy rights.
Any video transmissions or webcasts taken at an ESC event must abide by the ESC Media and Embargo Policy and may only be published/available online after the end of the scientific session they refer to.
Presenters are the sole proprietors of the content they disclose at ESC events (data, photographs, slides, etc.).
It is the responsibility of presenters or speakers to notify the audience of any restrictions on recordings of the content they are presenting. The announcement must be made at the beginning of the presentation.
Breaking of the Photo / Video / Recording Rules by any Industry, Session presenter and Exhibitor, as well as any member of staff or any third party acting on their behalf is a contractual breach that may lead to sanctions.
Recording without permission will result in the violator(s) being barred from the Congress or event
Publicly traded companies may ask to disclose information submitted to one of the ESC events, prior to embargo date. Public disclosure of certain abstract content prior to the ESC event may be recommended by legal counsel in order to comply with requirements of a regulatory body in the country where the company’s stock is traded.
If this occurs, the ESC may grant an exception to its embargo rules and allow the company to release limited top-line results (i.e., general findings with no additional analysis, commentary, investigator quotes, etc.) from the abstract without jeopardising its eligibility for presentation at ESC Events. See example here.
Companies in this situation should send the ESC Press Office a written request including: reasons for requesting an exception to the ESC Media and Embargo Policy and detailed information about the release (the information that will be disclosed, who it will be sent to and the timing of the release).
If the ESC grants permission for the top-line results to be released, the press release should note that the abstract has been submitted (or accepted) for presentation at an ESC Event.
The ESC will evaluate these requests on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to change the type of presentation or remove the abstract from the scientific programme if the released information is judged to substantially detract from the novelty of the presentation at the ESC event.
Any additional information from the abstract (e.g., additional analysis, commentary, or updated information from those individuals and companies involved in the study) is embargoed until the time of the scientific presentation.
In the event of a breach of any provision of the present ESC Media and Embargo Policy by any Industry, Session presenter, Exhibitor or any third party acting on their behalf, the ESC reserves the right to terminate immediately, without notice and without prejudice to any claim for damages, the agreement given to any registered participant and/or their representatives to present at the ESC event.
Furthermore, breaking of the ESC Media and Embargo Policy is a contractual breach that may also lead to:
In the event of a breach of any provision of the present ESC Media and Embargo Policy and the enforcement of the above-mentioned sanctions, any financial obligations to the ESC must be honoured.
The absence of termination of the agreement and/or of any sanction from the ESC does not constitute an acknowledgment of the Industry, session presenter or exhibitor misconduct and the ESC reserves the right to proceed to the said termination and/or sanction at any time.
If you have any doubts or questions, please contact the ESC Press Office: firstname.lastname@example.org , +33(0)4 89 87 24 99
All matters arising from or connected with the compliance to the ESC Media and Embargo Policy will be governed by French Law, without reference to the conflict of laws principles. Any dispute arising out of this commitment shall be brought before the Court of Grasse, France.
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