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Transparency Reporting

GSK in Canada’s Voluntary Disclosure of payments to HCPs and HCOs

Our commitment to transparency

GSK, like most other innovative pharmaceutical companies, engages with healthcare professionals (HCPs) who are considered experts in their field. We believe that it is appropriate to compensate healthcare professionals for their time and investment.

Globally, GSK is committed to building transparency in our operations because it enhances trust and value for patients and our healthcare system. Transparent scientific dialogue and engagement with experts is in the interests of all those working to develop new medicines and improve clinical practice and care for patients.

We are pioneers

Unlike many other jurisdictions, there is no requirement in Canada for pharmaceutical companies to disclose payments made to HCPs or Healthcare Organizations (HCOs).  However, since 2017, GSK has been among ten leading pharmaceutical companies in Canada that have voluntarily disclosed in aggregate payments to HCPs and payments to HCOs.

As of last year, GSK and ViiV Healthcare have voluntarily expanded reporting to include payments to individual HCPs. Disclosing at the individual HCP level in Canada aligns to both GSK’s global commitment and what is required of the pharmaceutical industry in many other countries, including the US, European countries, Australia and Japan.

The important relationship between industry and HCPs

The relationship between healthcare companies and HCPs is an essential part of patient care, disease understanding, as well as the research and discovery of innovative medicines in Canada.  By continuing to be transparent on these relationships, we are evolving with society’s expectations.

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In Scope Activities

GSK engages with HCPs and HCOs to foster scientific exchange, which benefits patients. These interactions are governed by law and regulated by Innovative Medicines Canada’s Code of Ethical Practices (PDF - 676 KB).

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What are payments or transfers of value (TOV)?

They are payments or contributions made to HCPs or HCOs. HCOs are any private or public sector organization, institution or association that is comprised of HCPs and/or that provides healthcare services, and also includes a clinic or medical practice consisting of one or more HCPs.

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What are the collaborations for?

  • Grants to HCOs
  • Training activities and scientific professional meetings
  • R&D activities
  • Provision of services such as consulting 
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What does individual disclosure mean?

For the reporting of 2020 payments, we are disclosing total payments made to individual HCPs. This includes payments made directly to an HCP for services, which include speaker fees, honoraria, consultations, advisory boards, as well as indirect payments, such as reimbursement of travel or accommodation associated with those services.


2020 Transparency Report

GSK’s voluntary decision to publish our payments to HCPs and HCOs is part of our commitment to greater transparency and high ethical standards in our business practices. The “Voluntary Framework on Disclosure” was developed by Innovative Medicines Canada.

Aggregate payments (one sum total)

  • $1,423,106*†

    TOV to HCPs

  • $3,255,785‡

    TOV to HCOs

*Total TOV to HCPs
†View a breakdown of individual payments made to HCPs.
‡Total TOV made to healthcare organizations


Other figures


2020 GSK in Canada Sales
(Total Payments to HCPs and HCOs represent 0.53% of Sales)


Our 2020 Community Groups Grants and Donations total
GSK also provides and publishes funding made to patient groups.

For clarity purposes only, please note the following:

  • Applicable taxes are excluded.
  • The amounts provided may include certain related incidental expenses (such as, but not limited to, mileage reimbursement for travel).
  • Payments made to HCOs may include payments that were passed through to HCPs as fee for service and, if so, will be captured in either category 1 (TOV to HCPs) or category 2 (TOV to HCOs), but the same payment will not be captured in both categories.
  • Total funding to HCOs may also include payments to Patient Associations, as the reporting system does not have the functionality to separate out such payments.
  • HCPs engaged by GSK who appear in the individual payments section have consented to disclosure of their names and payments. Pursuant to Canadian privacy law, consent to the individual disclosure of information may be withdrawn at any time.
  • GSK has used its reasonable best efforts to capture the most comprehensive data possible according to its knowledge and interpretation of the Voluntary Framework of Payments to HCPs/HCOs.

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