New SOPs guide relationships with industry: practices are changing

The Academy’s newly adopted Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest become enforceable on January 1, 2008. Recognizing that orthopaedic surgeons and industry must work together in a strong, collaborative relationship that supports improvements in patient care, the SOPs delineate clear ethical and legal parameters for both parties.

The Orthopaedic Knowledge Online “Relationships with Industry” Web site ( is a convenient portal to a variety of Web-based resources ranging from the newly adopted Industry SOPs, the AAOS Opinions on Ethics and Professionalism to guidelines prepared by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and industry groups. Use the site to view presentations from the 2007 AAOS Annual Meeting symposium, “The Clinician and Industry Relationship: Conflict and Collaboration.”

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