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MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE REVIEW UNDERWAY

A formal review of the Medical Technology Industry Code of Practice (the Code) will take place this year, with the consultation process getting underway on March 11.

Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) members are required to abide by The Code, which sets out an ethical framework to guide their interactions with healthcare providers.

The Code ensures that healthcare providers are not influenced in their decision-making around the use of devices through financial or other inducements to providers.

Compliance with The Code is binding on members of MTAA. Non-member companies are encouraged to observe The Code as the recognised industry standard. A breach of The Code can result in significant financial penalties. In addition, the findings are made public on the MTAA website and in the MTAA Annual Report.

For MTAA, the Medical Technology Industry Code of Practice provides a platform to educate companies, healthcare professionals and consumers about the benefits of working in an ethical, transparent, and socially responsible business environment.

Pam Davis is a Consumer Representative on the Code Committee and is looking forward to participating in the review process:

“Consumers need to have confidence in the ability of The Code to monitor and uphold sound ethical practices in the medical technology industry.  To this end, it is vital that The Code reflects current community standards and keeps abreast of changes in marketing practices, by undertaking regular reviews,” Ms Davis said.

If you or your organisation would like to participate in the Code review, either through a face-to-face interview, a written submission or by completing a formal survey, please contact Neina Fahey, Code of Practice and Project Coordinator by email nfahey@mtaa.org.au or phone (02) 9900 0626 by Friday 31 May 2019.

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