While there are no fees or other monetary charges required to participate in this program, qualifying entries must: 1) be in a compliance-prompting format with at least one compliance-enhancing feature; 2) have been commercially available (anywhere in the world) at some point during 2016; and 3) not require drug products to be “re-packaged” by patients.
A category for Innovative Design has been added to recognize compliance packages not yet commercially available. Previously precluded from the competition, prototypes, designs, concept packages, and other formats that are not commercially available are now eligible for competition in this new category.
The winning entry will receive an official recognition from the HCPC designating it as the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council’s “Compliance Package of the Year” for 2016. Additional recognition will be presented to packages selected as “First Runner Up” and “Second Runner Up” as well as for “Innovative Design.” A corresponding student portion for packaging and/or pharmaceutical undergraduate and graduate students is also being launched this year.
Each of the winning entries will be promoted in articles published in RxAdherence News (the official newsletter of HCPC), and in materials forwarded to media representatives by the HCPC.
Cash awards will also be granted, in the form of scholarships, to schools of packaging designated by winners of the HCPC’s 2016 “Compliance Package of the Year” Award.
Entries must be submitted between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. The winning entry will be announced during RxAdherence2017, Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes.
A panel of judges will be selected by the HCPC. All entries will be evaluated by HCPC staff to determine eligibility. All entries determined to meet the established entry qualifications by HCPC staff will be reviewed by the judging panel. Judges will be asked to make subjective determinations, on a numerical scale, of characteristics such as: 1) the package’s ability to increase pharmaceutical compliance; 2) innovative designs incorporated into the packaging; and 3) unique features which distinguish the package from others on the market.
The package receiving the highest combined score will be designated “Compliance Package of the Year;” the package receiving the second highest combined score will be designated “First Runner Up;” and the package receiving the third highest combined score will be designated “Second Runner Up.” In the case of a tie, judges will be asked to re-evaluate the three packages which received the highest combined scores during initial review.
The judges’ determination will be final, and the HCPC reserve the right to withhold the prize should there be no acceptable entries in any or all of the winning categories.
Cash prizes, in the form of scholarship funds forwarded to an accredited school of packaging in the United States by the HCPC. The HCPC will make a reasonable effort to determine how each of the winners would like to have their cash prizes distributed (i.e., which accredited school of packaging should receive the scholarship funds).
The HCPC has sole responsibility for forwarding cash prizes directly to accredited schools of packaging designated by the winner of each category, and will be responsible for directing the Dean of each school to distribute the funds as scholarships to one or more students based on financial need, academic achievement, or any other criteria that the Dean sees fit.
All entry materials will become the property of the HCPC and will not be returned. Entries must be shipped to:
HCPC Communications Director
Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council
2711 Buford Road, #268
Bon Air, VA 23235-2423