A vibrant partnership with industry is essential: it supports both innovation and continuous improvement in orthopaedic surgical practice. It also ensures the highest attention to detail and excellence in patient safety and quality of care. Thus it is important for the profession to sustain a productive relationship with the healthcare industry in its widest sense, and in particular manufacturers of orthopaedic implants and pharmaceutical companies.
It is equally important that this relationship is one of the highest integrity and to this end the BOA has its own Code of Ethics for Interaction with Industry. In parallel, industry has similar codes of conduct sponsored by the Association of British Healthcare Industry (ABHI) and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).
Industry also plays a key role in supporting the orthopaedic profession through the Exhibition at our Annual Congress, and through sponsorship of fellowships and instructional courses that we administer and organise to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Bribery Act.