Molecular Imaging News
December 6, 2004
NEMA Releases New Code of Ethics for Manufacturers of Medical Imaging Equipment
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has announced the publication of its new Code of Ethics for member companies that manufacture medical imaging equipment and radiation therapy systems.
The code represents industry's desire to ensure adherence to the U.S. government's anti-kickback and false claims laws. It gives guidance to NEMA member companies on how to interact with customers such as radiologists, cardiologists, and orthopedists. It also provides assistance on handling entertainment, charitable contributions, grants, travel expenses for training, and other factors relating to or having influence on the procurement of vendors' products. NEMA will adopt this voluntary code of ethics effective January 1, 2005.
"We wanted to get out in front of any potential problems with the federal laws," said Robert Britain, NEMA's vice president of Medical Products. "This guide provides a roadmap on how vendors should interact with their customers."
NEMA officials identified several different forms of interactions between members and health care providers that advance medical science or improve patient care, including the advancement of medical technology, safe and effective use of medical technology, and research and education.
"Establishing ethical standards is critical to the medical device industry's ability to continue a healthy collaboration with health care professionals and institutions," said NEMA President Malcolm O'Hagan. "Adherence to these standards will enable NEMA members to continue to provide high quality, cost-effective health care technology to their customers and the industry."
NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electronic industry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, DC, its medical equipment member companies manufacture products used in medical imaging and radiation therapy.