Protecting patients with joint replacements - US conference to hear UK’s solution to keeping patients safe whilst supporting product innovation

11 March 2014

A top level US conference workshop is to be held on 12 March 2014, in New Orleans, which will hear how the UK is helping to support the safe and stepwise introduction of new or modified implants such as joint replacements.

The workshop, sponsored by Northgate Information Solutions, is being held during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ conference. It will look at how the new Beyond Compliance Service is helping industry, surgeons and patients alike through an independent assessment of the performance of implants. 

With over 200,000 joint replacement procedures in the UK alone over the past year, and these numbers rising each year, patients not only in the UK but across the world, are benefitting from the availability of more information on long term outcomes of such procedures.

Those attending the conference will hear from the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel (ODEP), the group that provides independent rating of hip implant outcome data.  Attendees will learn about a new rating system for orthopaedic knee implants and how to submit both hip and knee products to ODEP, along with information on changes to NICE guidelines and the impact on future ODEP ratings.

There will also be a chance to find out about the Beyond Compliance Service in the UK orthopaedic market – a risk assessed and step-wise methodology set up to introduce new products into the market. Progress in this programme will be updated and information given on how to get involved. Those present will also have the opportunity to see the first set of outputs monitoring the first implants in the programme, so that they can consider the relevance of the service beyond the UK.

Over 100 delegates are expected at the afternoon workshop during the five-day conference which opens on 12 March. In all, around 20,000 delegates, including surgeons, manufacturers, regulators, notified bodies and those involved in procurement of implants, are expected to attend the conference. 

It is the first time that Northgate has hosted such a workshop and is the first opportunity for the company to unveil its latest pioneering technology in the field of orthopaedic implants.

Key speakers at the workshop include Keith Tucker, Chair of ODEP, who will lead the debate.

Keith Tucker, Chair of ODEP said: “It is a privilege to be able to bring our knowledge and expertise to such a top level conference and workshop. As the work of ODEP becomes increasing high profile, it is good to be able to engage with and learn from our counterparts overseas regarding this important area of work.”

Richard Armstrong, Head of Health Solutions, Northgate Information Solutions, said: “We are delighted to be able to present our latest technological advances to an international audience.  There are significant differences across the globe in the level of orthopaedic outcome data routinely available, meaning these services are of particular relevance and interest to a global market. All markets face the same pressures of looking to establish the level of risk associated with the use of any particular implant, so this is a good opportunity to exchange ideas and resources which will benefit patients, suppliers and the medical profession in keeping everyone better informed of developments in the field of implants.”

The ODEP website can be found at

The Beyond Compliance website can for found