The objectives of the 1st EFORT European Consensus on ‘Medical and Scientific Research Requirements for the Clinical Introduction of Artificial Joint Arthroplasty Devices’ were foremost to focus on patient safety by establishing performance requirements for medical devices. The 1st EFORT European Consensus applied an a priori-defined, modified Delphi methodology to produce unbiased, high-quality recommendation statements, confirmed by consensus voting of a European expert panel. Intended key outcomes are practical guidelines justified by the current stage of knowledge and based on a broad European Expert Consensus, to maintain innovation and optimisation of orthopaedic devices within the boundaries of MDR 2017/745. Twenty-one main research areas of relevance were defined relying on input from the EFORT IPSI WG1 ‘Introduction of Innovation’ recommendations and a related survey. A modified Delphi approach with a preparatory literature review and work in small groups were used to prepare answers to the research questions in the form of 32 draft Consensus statements. A Consensus Conference in a hybrid format, on-site in the Carl Gustav Carus University of Dresden was organised to further refine the draft statements and define consensus within the complete group of participants by final voting, intended to further quantify expert opinion knowledge. The modified Delphi approach provides practical guidelines for hands-on orientation for orthopaedic surgeons, research institutes and laboratories, orthopaedic device manufacturers, patient representatives, Notified Bodies, National Institutes and authorities. For the first time, initiated by the EFORT IPSI (WG1 ‘Introduction of Innovation’), knowledge of all related stakeholders was combined in the 1st EFORT European Consensus to develop guidelines and result in a comprehensive set of recommendations.
- 1st EFORT European Consensus
- arthroplasty device registration
- medical device regulation
- methodology and process description
- modified Delphi approach