Our Commitment to Global Compliance
Charitable giving is as an area that may sometimes appear to be a favor for a Government Official or Health Care Professional. The VRF relies on individuals, including doctors, for certain types of advice and services necessary to fulfill its mission. In certain circumstances, the VRF may compensate individual Government Official or HCP for bona fide consulting and personal services.
Therefore the VR Foundation is committed to complying with the anti-corruption laws in all countries in which it finances projects or otherwise participates. This includes, but is not limited to, laws in the United States such as the Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act of 1987 (the “Anti-Kickback Statute”), Stark Laws, Federal False Claims Law, the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”), the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Officials Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Bill 2009 and anti-bribery legislation enacted by each signing country in accordance with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the “OECD Convention”).
VR Foundation prohibits all improper payments of any nature including payments to third parties, Government Officials, Health Care Professionals anywhere in the world. Additionally, the VRF has zero-tolerance policy to fraudulent, corrupt, collusive or coercive actions that have occurred in projects financed through its awards and grants.
These policies are applicable to all VR Foundation employees and agents, including all directors, officers, board members and any other individual or entity acting for or on behalf of VR Foundation, anywhere in the world.
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What is coming?
NY Vitiligo Community Meeting in September
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 21st, at 7PM - 8:30PM on the 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Care Center at 240 East 38th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Av...21 September 2017 19:00, 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Car...
Vitiligo Advocacy Day at the US Capitol
Save-the-Date for the much anticipated Vitiligo Advocacy Day at the United States Capitol this fall. As many of you know, the Advocacy Committee of the Global Vitilig...04 October 2017 10:00, Washington, DC
Pyrostegia venusta as a folk medicine for vitiligo?
Pyrostegia venusta is a neotropical evergreen vine widely spread in Brazil throughout fields, at the coast, edge of the woods and along roadsides (see photo below). Po...
Who is prone to vitiligo?
Vitiligo affects 0.5-2% of the population, and occurs in all races and all social levels. Vitiligo can affect people of all ages, but often starts between the ages of ...
How can I cure vitiligo?
There is no cure for vitiligo, but there are a number of effective treatment options that can be discussed with your GP or dermatologist. The aim of treatment is to st...
What's better: laser or phototherapy?
In a recent controlled study researchers assessed effect and safety of different laser and phototherapy treatments, such as excimer laser/light, narrowband UVB, UVA an...