The European HEMS & Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC) has postponed its AIRMED World Congress conference, which was due to be held alongside the Helitech exhibition in October, citing ‘significant financial risks in the colocation with Helitech’. The move was a unanimous decision by the EHAC board, said the Committee.
In a statement, EHAC explained: “The recent information by Helitech owner and organiser Reed Exhibitions to offer a potentially similar education and conference programme for free lead to a more than competitive situation rather than a cooperation between Helitech and AIRMED. A potential decrease in AIRMED participants resulting from a complimentary and likely competitive Helitech conference programme strongly endangers the necessary funds from the delegate fees to cover the expenses of the AIRMED World Congress.”
EHAC added: “The non-profit approach of AIRMED seems difficult [to harmonise] with the Helitech International’s commercial orientation. EHAC regrets that for 2017 no sustainable option is available under the given circumstances.”