Organizers of electrophysiology conference Cardiostim have cancelled the 2018 meeting after the European Heart Rhythm Association decided not to renew its 12-year running partnership with the event.
The event, held every even year, claimed to gather a total of 5,740 attendees during its 2016 meeting.
“In spite of the extraordinary success of the congress, and the strong rate of satisfaction of the participants (87% of “very” and “extremely ” pleased people), the pursuit of the congress in its current format and size unfortunately became impossible for 2018,” Cardiostim wrote in its press release.
The decision to cancel the event comes just after a new policy change implemented by MedTech Europe which ended direct industry support to healthcare professionals attending conferences to further medical education, according to a report from Medscape.
The European Heart Rhythm Association, which pulled its support from the event, has its own annual meeting, Europace, scheduled for March. The proximity of the event, as well as financial issues were noted as reasons for the cancellation by Cardiostim coordinator Reed Expositions France.
“In taking this decision, I have a particular thought for Jacques Mugica and his pioneer vision, his cosmopolitan, free and passionate personality. I sincerely thank the chairmen and members of the scientific committee who were present every year, and obviously Philippe Ritter and the last two co-chairmen in date, Arnaud Lazarus and Pierre Jaïs. I include all the speakers and the industry who contributed to this great adventure and its success, and finally the tens of thousands of congress participants faithful to Cardiostim” Reed Expositions France prez Michel Filzi said in a prepared statement.