ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND DEVICES ARENA

T Vogt

Abstract


There are presently no regulations regarding the sale and use of medical devices in South Africa apart from electro-medical devices, which are regulated by the Directorate of Radiation Control, an agency of the National Department of Health, and combination products, with a medicine component, which are regulated by the Medicines Control Council of South Africa.

It is concerning that in recent years a number of international medical device companies have been implicated, along with health care professionals, in unethical behaviour / business dealings. To this effect, and in the absence of regulations, the South African

Medical Device Industry Association (SAMED), a not for profit organization that represents the interests of the medical devise industry in South Africa (SA), developed a code of ethical marketing and business practice that reflects the unique and complex interactions between medical device companies and health care professionals. The code draws heavily from international ones; it attempts to address the complexity of medical technology and the importance of having health care professionals understand how to use the technology safely and effectively.

 


Keywords


code, marketing, perverse, health care professionals

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