ODEP provides surgeons with ratings on the quality and longevity of performance and safety data available for orthopaedic implants, to inform their decisions on which implants to use with their patients.
Surgeons are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the ODEP ratings of the implants they use, and to assure themselves that implants maintain their ODEP ratings over time. Implants with no ODEP rating, or only Pre-entry status, or the loss of an implant’s ODEP rating should cause a surgeon to review the suitability of the implant for future patients.
Surgeons contributing to the NJR are able to assess their use of ODEP-rated implants through the NJR Consultant Level Report. Surgeons not contributing to the NJR wishing to analyse the ODEP rating of implants within their practice are able to make this assessment by contacting us using Contact Us.
There are some important points regarding how the use of ODEP-rated implants is assessed and reported at surgeon level:
When an implant is going through “Beyond Compliance” (“BC”) it is awarded a Pre-entry A* rating. These products are being watched closely by independent Beyond Compliance Rapporteurs. If you are one of these surgeons you will have signed up to the obligations that come with being a BC surgeon which include reporting any problems and attending User Group meetings when possible.
Surgeons using BC implants take on responsibility of helping to introduce a new implant. This carries a number of obligations for surgeons: