2013 Exhibitor Rules and Regulations

ATS International Conference
May 17-22
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

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The ATS strives to maintain a professional atmosphere for the attendees and the exhibitors.  To demonstrate this, rules and regulations have been established to govern the Exhibit Hall. Exhibitors understand that when applying for exhibit space they are bound by the rules and regulations that appear in the exhibitor prospectus as well as all other ATS material.

It is imperative that all exhibitors, installation and dismantle companies, exhibit designers, and communication and marketing firms, acting on an exhibitor’s behalf are aware of and adhere to the ATS rules and regulations.


The American Thoracic Society (ATS) reserves the right to reject, for any reason, any company, product or service for exhibit space at its annual International Conference.


Sunday, May 19 10:30am – 4:00pm
Monday, May 20 10:30am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 21 10:30am – 3:00pm


Friday, May 17 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, May 18 8:00am – 5:00pm

All booths and material must be set-up by 5:00pm on Saturday, May 18. Any booth unoccupied by 5:00pm on Saturday, May 18 will be regarded as a no show and the contract to exhibit will be terminated unless ATS has pre-authorized a late set-up. All freight will be removed and returned to the loading dock at the exhibitor’s expense.


Tuesday, May 21 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 22 8:00am – 5:00pm

Dismantle will begin Tuesday, May 21 at 3:00pm. Dismantling or tearing down exhibits prior to this time is prohibited. Bills of lading and return shipping labels are available at the Freeman Service Center. For safety and security, no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the Exhibit Hall during move-in or move-out.


Installation and dismantle personnel who are employees of, or labor hired by, an Exhibitor Appointed Contractor and are not employees of the exhibiting company must obtain work passes from the ATS Security Team. Work passes are only valid during installation and dismantle hours. If Exhibitor Appointed Contractor personnel must enter the hall to service the booth during exhibit dates, they must be registered as part of your booth personnel.


All exhibitor personnel must be registered with Convention Data Services, the ATS 2013 official registration company. This

includes: booth representatives, agency personnel, Installation & Dismantle staff working during exhibit dates and times.

Four (4) exhibitor registrations per 10′x10′ booth space are provided without charge. One (1) Exhibit Hall only badge is available for booths 10′x30′ and larger to be used specifically for the Installation & Dismantle Supervisor. Additional exhibitor registrations are available for $50.00 each.

Exhibitor badges are personal and are not to be given to anyone else. Exhibitors caught badge swapping will have their badge confiscated permanently. Supplemental badges or those altered or changed using a business card, ribbons or company logos are not permitted and may be confiscated. Exhibitor badges can be transferred only if the original badge is surrendered permanently at the exhibitor registration desk. Exhibitor badges are made out in the name of the company shown on the exhibit reservation and application form only.

On the days the Exhibit Hall is open, exhibitors will be allowed access into the hall 2 hours prior to hall opening. Exhibiting personnel may remain in the Exhibit Hall up to 1 hour after the hall closes unless prior authorization is received from ATS.

To register exhibit personnel, please utilize the Convention Data Services (CDS) link. The link can be found on the ATS website and in the Exhibitor Services Manual.

An exhibitor badge allows access into the Exhibit Hall, general sessions and open receptions. To attend any sessions that have any additional fees or to be eligible for CME credit, an exhibitor must register as a paid attendee.


Exhibits must be staffed and operational at all times during show hours. Exhibitors vacating their booth before the closing of each day or prior to the final close of the show will incur a loss of priority points and may be denied exhibit space at future ATS conferences. Move-out may not begin before 3pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2013.


Notice of cancellation and/or downsizing must be received in writing. During the pre-sale period from May 20 to June 21, 2012 (20′x30′ and larger) and July 12, 2012 (20′x20′ and smaller) an exhibitor may downsize or cancel without penalty. After these dates a refund minus the cancellation fee of 20% of the total booth price is available until February 8, 2013. After February 8, 2013 there are no refunds. If a company with a minimum of 400 sq. ft. of exhibit space cancels its booth space after the final payment due date of February 8, 2013, ATS requires that the exhibit space remain intact and the canceling company "lounge" the space at it’s own expense by adding comfortable chairs and signage that will say, "This space is compliments of [company name]."

The ATS retains the right to relocate an exhibitor after downsizing.  For downsizing, half of the priority points earned for the conference are forfeited.

The ATS can sell cancelled or downsized space to another exhibitor without any rebate or permission.


Linear Booth

An in-line or linear booth is a 10′x10′ booth or multiples thereof arranged in a straight line. Exhibit fixtures, components and identification signs along the back of the booth will be permitted to a maximum height of 8ft. All side material must not be higher than 3ft. and will not block line of sight to the adjacent booths. All display materials over 4ft. high must be confined to that area of the booth that is at least 5ft. from the aisle line.

Perimeter Wall Booth

A perimeter wall booth is a standard 10′x10′ booth or multiples thereof, located on the outer-perimeter wall of the exhibit floor. Booth display material in perimeter booths are permitted to extend to a 12ft. in height in the rear 50% or 5ft. of the booth space, and 4ft. in the front 50% of the booth. The back wall is permitted to 12ft. in height including signs, company name, logo and/or product information.

Island Booth

Island booths are defined as exhibit space 400sq. ft. or larger with aisles on all four sides. A tower is a freestanding exhibit component separate from the main exhibit fixture that is used for identification and display purposes only. Exhibit fixtures, components and identification signs of island booths will be permitted to a maximum of 20ft. Towers will be permitted to a maximum of 22ft.

There must be access from all four sides of an island booth with a 30% see-through effect from front to back and side-to-side. A sketch or blueprint of layout for all island exhibits must be submitted to ATS for approval by April 2, 2013.


Exposed/unfinished sides of inline and corner booths must be draped. In the event the exhibitor is not present, the decorator, with the approval of ATS will provide the necessary draping.

Hanging signs or banners are only permitted for island exhibits over 400sq. ft. Exhibit booth signs, banners, booth ceilings or canopies, lighting grids or other exhibit-related equipment should be freestanding and floor-supported where possible. Attachment to the Exhibit Hall ceiling beams or trusses is permitted only through Freeman Services. Hanging signs or banners may not exceed the perimeter of the assigned space.

The Exhibit hall is not carpeted. Booth carpeting is mandatoryand is the responsibility of the exhibitor. Carpet may be supplied by either the exhibitor or rented from the service contractor.

BOOTH ACTIVITIES / PROMOTIONAL ITEMS:  Exhibitors may not solicit in the aisles or in any other location in, around or outside the convention center except their booth space. No invasive procedures are permitted.  The use of live animals in an exhibit for any purpose is not allowed. Other attention-getting tactics in the form of entertainment, amusement or demonstrations of non-product items or services must be approved in writing by ATS prior to the start of the meeting.  Scientific posters may not be displayed in commercial exhibit booths.  No accredited continuing education activity (i.e., for which CME or CEU certification is awarded) may be conducted in the exhibit booth. Scientific posters being presented at this year’s ATS International Conference may not be displayed in commercial exhibit booths, however, a list of posters being presented at the conference is permitted. Industry Theaters and Non-CME Industry Symposium may be promoted from the booth.

Theater-style presentations or Meet the Expert Sessions, are welcome in exhibit booths during Exhibit Hall hours.

Exhibitor give-aways should be educational or modest in value. Promotional give-aways must be submitted by April 2, 2013 and approved in writing by ATS.  Prizes, contests, and/or lotteries are permitted; however, such activities must be approved by the ATS prior to the conference.  Winners cannot be announced over the convention center’s broadcast system, exhibitors are solely responsible for notifying any winners, and alcohol will not be permitted as a prize.  Gambling devices of any description are not allowed in the Exhibit Hall.  The distribution of surveys or questionnaires is not permitted outside the exhibit booth.  Exhibitors should contact Maureen Mauer at Ascend Media (mmauer@ascendintegratedmedia.com or 913-780-6633) for information about distribution of materials to hotel rooms.

DEMONSTRATIONS:  All demonstrations must be confined to the space allowed to each exhibitor.  Activities which, in the ATS’s opinion, interfere with normal traffic flow or infringe on other exhibits are prohibited.  The use of other than closed-sound systems will be permitted only with the prior written approval of the ATS.  An exhibit may be closed if deemed not to meet these requirements and infractions cannot be resolved onsite. No refund will be issued for the contracted space.


All exhibitors marketing activity is limited to the confines of their contracted exhibit space. Solicitation of business, except by contracted exhibitors is prohibited. Photography or video recording of other exhibitor’s booths, products and/or literature is prohibited.


ATS reserves the right to modify the floor plan to accommodate space sales and/or avoid conflict and to relocate exhibit booths as necessary after consultation with exhibitors who are affected by the modification. Every effort to consider location of competitors and accommodate special requests will be made; however, ATS cannot guarantee booth location.

The subletting, assignment of a portion of the whole or any part of the space by an exhibitor is prohibited. Exhibitors may not permit any other party to exhibit in their space any goods other than those manufactured or handled by the contracted exhibitors without written approval from ATS.


Any fundraising activity conducted on the ATS Exhibit Floor must benefit the ATS Foundation or its partner organizations.  The fundraising method, all associated advertising and signage must be submitted for approval.  Funds can be designated for use in one of three ways:

  1. General donations to the ATS Foundation (example – an amount for each attendee who visits the booth)
  2. In support of a research grant in partnership with a member of the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (ATS PAR).  Contributions will be used to match the funding provided by the ATS PAR Member.  Corporate donations will be recognized in the title of the contribution.
  3. In support of a research award in partnership with the ATS in a designated disease area.  Corporate donations will be recognized in the title of the award.
  4. In support of disease awareness or education in an area agreed upon by both ATS and the donating company.  Corporate donations will be recognized as appropriate.

PRODUCT SAMPLES:  Exhibitors may distribute non-pharmaceutical samples of their listed products to International Conference attendees.  Exhibitors wishing to distribute items other than product samples or educational material must submit a request in writing, along with a product prototype or pdf, to the ATS by April 2, 2013.  Exhibitors must have written approval from ATS in order to distribute items other than product samples, refreshments or educational material.

ALCOHOL:  Alcoholic beverages may be served in the Exhibit Hall and Meeting Suites with prior approval from the ATS. Companies must order all alcohol through the in-house catering service at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

DIRECT SALES:  Sales of, and order placement for merchandise or services are welcomed in the Exhibit Hall providing all transactions are conducted in a professional manner. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to have all licenses, permits, and/or registrations required by the conference venue, city, municipality, and/or state. The exhibitor is responsible for compliance with all applicable tax laws.

ADVERTISING:  All exhibitors must adhere to all applicable regulations, guidelines and rulings of the FDA. Exhibitors who do not have products approved by the FDA must either have signage distinguishing their booth as "For International Attendees Only" or "For Investigational Purposes Only." If you would like assistance in submitting appropriate language to FDA for review prior to ATS 2013, please contact Michelle Turenne – Senior Director, Corporate Alliances and Development (mturenne@thoracic.org). The ATS does not endorse or promote any products or services related to an exhibit, and exhibitors cannot suggest otherwise.

Exhibitors will not, either prior to, during, or after exhibiting, use the American Thoracic Society (ATS) or The Foundation of the American Thoracic Society, taglines, trademarks, or trade names, or service marks. ATS trademarks include but are not limited to "ATS", "International Conference" and "American Thoracic Society". The use of the words "The ATS 2012 International Conference" is permissible when referencing a booth number in marketing materials for the conference.

SECURITY:  The ATS will provide security guards on a 24-hour basis during set-up and dismantle times.  Furnishing this service shall not be construed to be any assumption of liability with respect to the protection of exhibitor property, which shall, at all times, be the sole responsibility of each exhibitor.  The ATS, the convention center, or any of its officers, agents, or employees shall not be liable for any act or omission of such security guards. Information on requesting security guard services for your booth during set-up, show hours and dismantle are provided in the Exhibitor Service Manual.

Children less than 18 years of age will not be allowed in the Exhibit Hall at any time during set-up and dismantle. 

INSURANCE: For the term of the agreement, Exhibitor shall maintain comprehensive general liability insurance against claims for bodily injury or death and property loss or damage occurring in or upon or resulting from the premises leased by the ATS. Such insurance shall include contractual liability and product liability coverage, of $1,000,000 per occurrence with a $2,000,000 aggregate. The ATS and the Pennsylvania Convention Center shall be added as additional insureds to such insurance. Exhibitor shall confirm to the ATS such insurance cannot be cancelled or changed prior to the International Conference. Exhibitor agrees to provide the ATS a suitable certificate verifying that the required insurance is and will remain in force for the duration of the Exhibition.

The ATS will bear no liability for personal injuries, whether suffered by an exhibitor, its employees, its contractors, agents or business invitees. The ATS will also assume no liability for loss or damage to the property of an exhibitor, its employees, its contractors, agents or business invitees, regardless of the cause, unless such injury or damage results from, or is caused directly or exclusively by, the negligence or wrongful acts of the ATS.

SATELLITE PROGRAMS: Non-CME Industry Symposia (including sponsor-organized symposia and international symposia with audiences targeted to specific geographic regions of the world) are welcomed at the International Conference. Programs are typically held on Sunday and Tuesday evenings of the International Conference, as Monday evenings many of our attendees are at the annual Assembly Dinners.

If you are still interested in holding a symposium on Monday evening, please let us know.  We will try to find space to accommodate your requests. Please contact Laurie Kaderabek, Coordinator Corporate Alliances & Development with any questions at lkaderabek@thoracic.org.

"PRIVATE" SOCIAL EVENTS OR MEETINGS:  Companies wishing to conduct a meeting or a social event in any of the official ATS hotels must complete a Hotel Meeting Space Approval Application.  For guidelines, instructions, applications, deadlines, and applicable fees, please e-mail Laurie Kaderabek at lkaderabek@thoracic.org. Companies wishing to hold a meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center can do so with Meeting Suites, Business Suites or Expo Suites. For more details contact Stacy Blackshaw, CEM, Associate Director, Corporate Alliances and Exhibition Operations at sblackshaw@thoracic.org.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:  The ATS and the Pennsylvania Convention Center comply with all ADA regulations throughout the International Conference.  We ask that all exhibitors also comply in their booth space.  For more information, contact Stacy Blackshaw, CEM, Associate Director, Corporate Alliances and Exhibition Operations at (212) 315-8699.

FIRE REGULATIONS:  Fire Marshall Rules and Regulations are rigorously enforced. More information will be included in the Exhibitor Service Manual, which will be available to all contracted and fully paid exhibitors in February 2013. ATS will be enforcing the compliance of Fire Marshall Rules and Regulations to create a safe and visually appealing trade show floor that may result in directing the general service contractor to erect pipe and drape at the expense of the exhibitor.

Combustible materials such as brochures, literature, give-aways, etc., within exhibit booths are limited to a one-day supply. Nothing may be stored behind booths.  All packing containers, wrapping materials, carrying cases, etc., must be stored off the exhibit floor.

RECYCLING:  The ATS will work with the Pennsylvania Convention Center to develop a waste reduction and recycling program at the ATS 2013 International Conference.  We ask that all exhibitors and attendees comply with our recycling regulations. More information on this program will be listed in the Exhibitor Service Manual, which will be available to exhibitors in February 2013.

LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION:  The exhibitor will be fully responsible for any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, or expenses, including attorney’s fees, relating to or arising out of any loss of, injury to, or damage to any person or property of the exhibitor or any other property where such injury, loss or damage is incident to, arises out of or is in any way connected with the exhibitor’s participation in the Exhibit Program.  The exhibitor shall protect, indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the ATS, its officers, directors, agents, volunteers vendors, and employees from and against any and all such claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to injury, loss, or damage caused by or resulting from the negligence or willful misconduct of the ATS, its officers, directors, agents, volunteers, vendors or employees.

FORCE MAJEURE: In case any part of the Exhibit Hall is destroyed or damaged so as to prevent the ATS from permitting an exhibitor to occupy assigned space during the exhibit period (in part or in whole), or in case occupation of assigned space during the exhibit period (in part or in whole) is prevented by strikes, Acts of God, national emergency, or other causes beyond the control of the ATS, then the exhibitor will be charged for space only for the period the space was or could have been occupied by the exhibitor, and the exhibitor hereby waives any claim against the ATS, its officers, directors, agents, volunteers, vendors and employees for losses or damage which may arise in consequence of such inability to occupy assigned space.

SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS:  By applying for exhibit space, an exhibitor agrees to adhere to all conditions and regulations outlined in the Exhibitor Prospectus, Exhibitor Service Manual and the ATS Rules and Regulations. Any violations shall subject the exhibiting company to these penalties:

First Violation – Loss of current conference priority points plus loss of 10% of the accrued points rounded to the nearest whole number.

Second Violation – Loss of current conference priority points plus loss of 50% of the remaining accrued points rounded to the nearest whole number.

Third Violation – Loss of all exhibiting privileges, i.e. company will not be invited to exhibit at future ATS International Conferences.

INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF RULES AND REGULATIONS:  All matters and questions not specifically covered by these Rules and Regulations, as well as booth assignments, are subject to the decision of Michelle Turenne, Senior Director Corporate Alliances and Development, American Thoracic Society and Stacy Blackshaw, Associate Director, Corporate Alliances and Exhibition Operations, American Thoracic Society.

Note:      The American Thoracic Society has a no smoking policy for all ATS meetings.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Convention Center.

ATS is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) the International Association for Expositions and Events (IAEE) and the HealthCare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA).