Updated 16 March 2020
COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a coronavirus that affects the respiratory system and may cause a severe pneumonia- or flu-like illness. It is not possible to predict how the pandemic will progress, or when it may recede. The WHO has reported that cases in China (where the epidemic started) have already peaked and are now showing a significant decrease. The situation elsewhere is unclear, but reports now suggest that the epicentre of the pandemic is in Europe, where most countries are showing an increase in cases.
Many countries have now implemented prevention and containment measures that include restrictions on travel, requirements for self-isolation, compulsory quarantine, closure of public spaces and bans on gatherings or meetings. This means that travellers from some areas may not be allowed to enter certain countries or there may be restrictions on movement.
It also means that the IAOP2020 meeting might have to be cancelled.
The IAOP and BSOMP are monitoring the situation, and at the present time it is intended that the IAOP2020 meeting (June 17-20, 2020) will go ahead as planned.
However, potential delegates must be aware that local and international restrictions may force us to cancel the meeting at short notice.
We will continue to monitor events and provide updates when relevant. We will make a final announcement in the week beginning Monday 27th April.
In the meantime we recommend that potential delegates do not incur any expenses on travel or accommodation, unless you are covered by your own personal travel insurance. We are sorry that, in the event of cancellation, or if people choose not to travel, IAOP2020 cannot be responsible for costs that might have been incurred for travel or accommodation for the meeting.
However, if the meeting is cancelled all registrants will be entitled to a full refund of the registration fee.
Otherwise our cancellation policy still applies: https://www.iaoplondon2020.com/registration
Advice on the current situation can be found on the WHO and country specific websites and potential delegates must use these to make informed decisions on attendance and travel.
We advise that you regularly review relevant websites including:
World Health Organisation:
WHO – daily update reports:
UK Government (Updated daily at 14.00GMT):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA):