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The two largest American medical device industry trade associations, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), have both adopted codes of ethics covering interactions with health care professionals (HCPs). For example, the AdvaMed code of ethics describes how companies can structure legitimate consulting agreements with HCPs, prohibits companies from providing entertainment and recreation, prohibits gifts to HCPs with a limited exception for educational items and allows for modest meals under certain circumstances. The AdvaMed Code also covers a number of additional topics, such as company support of third-party educational conferences, sales, promotional and other meetings with HCPs, research and educational grants, charitable donations and the provision of evaluation and demonstration products. The AdvaMed and MDMA codes have been widely adopted by their member companies and have been influential in establishing industry norms of behavior, but the codes are voluntary. Following the association’s code is not a condition of membership in the association.

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