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General Information

General Information

Venue Location

Located in the heart of downtown, the Hyatt Regency Vancouver with 650 Rooms is the perfect location to stay for both business and leisure travellers. Guests will enjoy easy access to exciting attractions, like the unique shops of Robson Street and Stanley Park.

Travel and Transportation

Vancouver International Airport – YVR is located on Sea Island about 12 km (7.5 mi) from Downtown Vancouver For more information please visit: http://www.yvr.ca/en

• By Sky Train: The Canada Line connects Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes. Take the train to the Vancouver City Centre station, exit onto Georgia Street and take a left, the Hyatt is located two short blocks away. Please visit www.translink.ca for more information.
• By Taxi: Taxis are available from the Airport to the hotel at a flat fare of $35 plus tip.
• By Rail & Amtrak: Both Via Rail and Amtrak serve Vancouver. Taxi to Pacific Central Station is approximately $12.00 CAD.

Time Zone

Pacific Daylight Time: UTC/GMT -7 hours


The official congress language is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided. English and French are the official languages spoken in Canada.

CME Credits

The ICRS 2019 World Congress Vancouver is an accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by The Canadian Orthopaedic Association. The ICRS event is accredited for a maximum of 22 Section 1 CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

American Medical Association – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Information on the process and cost to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found on the AMA website at https://www.ama-assn.org/education/cme/agreement-royal-college-physicians-surgeons-canada.

European Union for Medical Specialists (UEMS – ECMEC®)
Live educational activities recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.


In Vancouver BC, the climate is a moderate oceanic, with relatively mild winters, and cool and fairly sunny summers. The west coast is the only part of Canada in which the average temperature remains above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F) even in winter. Beginning October, daytime averages hit 15°C while nights cool down to 10°C. As you might expect the beginning of the month is much warmer with a sharp decline as October progresses. Autumn on the coast is very mild with summer-like weather often stretching into early October. Even if you enjoy a beautifully sunny day, mornings and evenings will be crisp, so make sure to pack something warmer. You’ll likely also encounter some rain, so if you’re spending time outside enjoying the fall foliage, make sure you pack a raincoat or umbrella.

Credit Cards / Cash Machines

All major credit cards are widely accepted. Bank cash machines (ATM) can be found easily and debit cards are also widely used. If you are using a foreign card at a bank machine, your money will be disbursed in Canadian Dollars.


The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. 1 $CAD ≈ 0.76 US$ ≈ 0.65 € Euros
(Date of printing, Nov 2018)

Electricity, Weights and Measures

• Electricity: 110 – 120 volts 60 hz
• Weights: Kilo/Gramm system
• Measures: Metric system


Canada, like the USA has a strong culture of tipping. Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill. Tipping at hotels does not stop with the porter who brings baggage to a guest room. Doorman, Chambermaid, Concierge, Valet, they all expect a few CAD for their services.

Health Care

Special Vaccinations are not required for entry into Canada but an individual travel & health insurance is highly recommended because health insurance plans often do not extend full coverage for medical services received outside the country of residence.

Entry Formality / Visa

Since August 2015, an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) has been compulsory for travelling to Canada as a foreign visitor for whom a visa is not necessary. This requirement is not applicable to Americans and visitors who are in possession of a valid visa. For more information, https://www.eta-canada-visa.com/ This information may change without further notice. If you have any doubts about your current VISA need to enter Canada, we highly recommend checking with the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your respective country.

NEW – Biometrics (Global Expansion)

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics as soon as this summer 2018:
• Starting July 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and
• Starting December 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
For additional information on whether or not you require a biometric, please refer to our fast facts about Biometrics.


ICRS and the congress organizer cannot accept any liability for the acts of any suppliers to this meeting nor of the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. Participants are requested to carry proper travel and health insurance as the ICRS cannot accept liability for any accidents or injuries that may occur.

Information in this programme is subject to change without prior notice. For updated information please visit frequently our congress website at www.cartilage.org

Cancellation of the Congress by the Organizer

Congress fees will be reimbursed if the congress is cancelled for other reasons than war, warlike events, and acts of terrorism or sickness epidemics. In the latter circumstances only a proportion of the congress fee would be refundable.

Technical Industry Exhibition

A technical industry exhibition with will take place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver It will be open every day throughout the meeting and exhibitors from around the world will present a wide range of orthopaedic- and cartilage repair related products. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be updated with the most recent advances and latest news from our industry partners. Interested companies may contact the ICRS Executive Office for further exhibit & sponsoring information.


During intermissions, coffee, tea and refreshments will be served in the exhibition area as a courtesy from the ICRS.

Services for Persons with Disabilities

Please inform the ICRS office or indicate on the accommodation online booking form any special requirements you may have to allow us to best serve you. The Hyatt Regency Vancouver has international-standard facilities for the physically challenged, including access ramps, elevators and toilets for people with special needs.

Security / Badges

The safety of all congress attendees is of utmost importance to our society. The ICRS and the Hyatt Regency Vancouver have taken security precautions to ensure the maximum possible safety for all participants. Identity check controls may occur at any time by the security staff. Congress badges are personalized, not transferable and guarantee individual access to different section of the event. For organizational and security reasons, badges have to be worn all the time at the congress venue.