Code of Practice Publication (edition 10)
Medical technology companies manufacture and supply a wide range of life-saving and life-enhancing medical products. These products contribute to earlier diagnosis and less invasive intervention; they return patients to productive working lives and assist them to live independently in their own homes.
Appropriate selection of medical technology products to meet an individual patient’s needs and circumstances is a decision rightly made by the treating doctor. Patients need to be reassured that the doctor is making the decision based on the qualities of the product and the suitability for the patient, and not on the basis of incentives or arrangements that the doctor may have with the manufacturer or supplier of the product.
An industry Code of Practice for medical technology companies sets out the ethical framework within which they must work, in their relationships with healthcare professionals and also, where relevant, with the consumer. The Code is not legislation. It is a guide to industry best practice and all companies in the industry are encouraged to comply with its provisions.