Standards and Guidance

The Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) is pleased to announce the first Standards & Guidance document to support Strategic Planning in Medical Affairs (MA). The Standards & Guidance documents are being developed with industry-leading MA professionals to provide cross-industry guidelines, set and improve standards, and share best practices in MA.

MA teams demonstrate leadership and value each year through the annual strategic planning process that aligns all multifunctional MA competencies on common objectives needed to support the product and organization. A focused and cohesive medical strategy must be developed to navigate the complex therapeutic environment for each product – overcoming challenges, taking advantage of opportunities and filling any scientific or clinical gaps. A comprehensive and supportive tactical plan aligned to the medical strategy should define the activities that will provide the most impact and benefit to stakeholders in therapeutic space while taking the MA team one-step closer to achieving annual goals.

The MAPS Medical Affairs Strategic Planning Guide and Template has been developed to provide guidance and recommendations to selected components that comprise the strategic medical affairs planning for a product – including the situational analysis, medical strategy, tactical/operational planning, and medical plan summary. Neither the template nor the information in the guide need to be used in totality as requirements by company may vary, but both simply provide a foundation for consideration during your annual planning cycle. Specifically, the template, in PowerPoint format, can be updated and adapted in your planning efforts to suit your company requirements.

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