Our full policy is detailed below. The key items to know are:
Health & Safety at ICPE 2023
- Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly recommended for attendees of ICPE 2023.
- Mask wearing is optional at ICPE 2023. Those who wish are welcome to wear masks. Masks will not be provided by ISPE.
- It is imperative that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect you may be ill with COVID-19, that you do not participate in the meeting.
ISPE shares with all ICPE 2023 meeting attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and vendors a commitment to and responsibility for a safe and healthy environment for all conference participants.
The situation in Canada as of June 2023: General COVID-19 restrictions no longer apply. You are not required to be vaccinated and do not need to be tested on arrival. Masking in public places is not required. Masks are not required for air travel. Businesses and private cultural institutions are allowed to make their own requirements regarding face masks, shields, COVID-19 vaccination, etc. You are required to comply with such requirements if you wish for service or access.
Safety and preventative measures implemented by ISPE at ICPE venues will take into consideration guidance from Canadian public health authorities at the time of the conference. However, as we implement these measures, please be aware that ISPE cannot fully eliminate all risk of harm to conference participants or guarantee safety, including those posed by COVID-19 or its variant strains. Ultimately, as an ICPE 2023 participant, you are responsible for your own safety.
Please also recognize that events may arise that necessitate changes to these ISPE safety protocols. We will update you as needed via the ISPE website, emails, and other communication channels. Thank you for your understanding. ISPE's ICPE Health & Safety Policy
ISPE's ICPE Health & Safety Policy as of April 22, 2023: To provide a safe environment for our attendees, presenters, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and vendor staff, ISPE has adopted the following policy:
- ISPE does not require vaccination against COVID-19 to attend ICPE 2023. Full vaccination, including boosters, is strongly recommended.
- ISPE does not require mask to attend ICPE 2023. Those who wish are welcome to wear masks; however, masks will not be provided by ISPE. ISPE expects all attendees to be respectful of individual masking choices.
- If you are feeling ill, experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, you must not attend ICPE 2023. If you need assistance transferring your registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already in Halifax when you experience symptoms, please do not attend sessions.
- ISPE is not responsible for liability or costs arising from health care costs, evacuation home, or isolation at accommodations in Halifax resulting from contracting COVID-19. Attendees are strongly recommended to obtain travel insurance to cover the possibility of such circumstances arising.
- ISPE is not responsible for attendees' return-home testing administration, management, or costs. However, guidance on local testing facilities will be made available.
- As a condition of attending, all attendees agree to comply with ISPE's Health & Safety Procedures. Registering for the meeting indicates agreement to abide with and/or comply with these policies.
- We encourage all attendees to comply with ISPE policy and to set the standard for responsible behavior expected of professionals in our field.
- As a registrant, you acknowledge that you understand and knowingly and freely assume all risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, by attending ICPE 2023.
If you are in any way uncomfortable with our requirements or feel you cannot comply, please do not register for the meeting.Canada COVID rules and regulations
Read about current advice, regulation, and rules for traveling to Canada here https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
.US COVID rules and regulations
Traveling back to the United States from ICPE will now be easier for U.S. residents. As of June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is no longer requiring air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. For more information, see Rescission Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country