This is MedTech is a platform to share views from healthcare professionals, patients, public policy experts, social innovators, tech enthusiasts and the European medical technology industry. It is not used for the purposes of marketing or advertising medical technology companies or the products they manufacture. This is MedTech is sponsored by MedTech Europe, the European trade association representing the medical technology industries, from diagnosis to cure.

Terms of Use

Please read these terms and conditions carefully as they apply to your use of this Internet site (this “website”) which belongs to MedTech Europe Aisbl with registered office at Rue Joseph II, 40, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium (‘MedTech Europe’). By using this website you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

1. Definitions

“Applicable Law” in relation to any person, action or thing means the following in relation to that person, action or thing:

a) any law, rule or regulation of any country (or political sub-division of a country);

b) any obligation under any licence in any country (or political sub-division of a country); and

c) any lawful and binding determination, decision or direction of a regulator in any country (or political sub-division of a country).

“Content” includes things that you may see, read, hear, download or access on or via this website (including but not limited to messages, files, data, software, images, photographs, illustrations, text and other materials).

“Intellectual Property Right” has the meaning set out under section 5.

“We” or “us” means MedTech Europe.

2. Content

a) All Content is provided for general information purposes only.

b) This website provides Content to all stakeholders including healthcare professionals, industry, general public, policymakers.

c) This website does not aim at providing information on a product in particular. Patients, physicians and other medical professionals should obtain such information with local medical resources and regulatory authorities, checking the information available in this regard in their country. We will never reply to any request for information with regards to any particular product.

d) Content may include “forward-looking statements” which, at the time they were made, were based on then-current expectations of future events. The user is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements.

e) You should always obtain complete medical information about medical devices (including their beneficial medical uses and possible adverse effects) by discussing directly with a healthcare professional (your physician or, where appropriate, other medical advisors). None of the Content on this website is a substitute for medical advice. If you have health concerns, you should consult your doctor.

3. Posting on the website / information supplied to us

a) Some sections of the website invite you to interact and post information/comments.

b) You may be required to register with us in order to interact with this website.

Where you are required to register:

I. you must provide us with accurate, complete and updated registration information;

II. you must safeguard any username and password which we provide to you; and

III. you authorise us to assume that any person using this website with your user name and password is either you or authorised to act for you.

c) Except if the privacy policy under section 6 provides otherwise, any communication or material you transmit to this website by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary.

Anything you transmit or post becomes the property of MedTech Europe or its members and may be used for any purpose, including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast and posting. Furthermore, we are free to use, without compensation to you, any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the website for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to developing of promotional material.

d) The sender of any communications to this website or otherwise to MedTech Europe shall be responsible for the information contained therein, including its truthfulness and accuracy.

You cannot:

I. disrupt or interfere with the website or servers or other software, hardware or equipment connected to or via this website (including, without limitation, the introduction of computer viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software or harmful data) or misuse the website (including, without limitation, by hacking);

II. violate any Applicable Law relating to your use of this website;

III. collect or store personal data about other users of this website; or

IV. post or share information in any way on specific products, nor to report any adverse event in using products; please send any report on adverse events to manufacturers and relevant authorities where appropriate.

V. post or transmit to or from the website any material (i) that is threatening, defamatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, menacing, scandalous, inflammatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence, in breach of privacy or which may cause annoyance or inconvenience; or (ii) for which you have not obtained all necessary licences and/or approvals.

We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing use to disclose the identity of anyone breaching the Applicable Law.

e) Discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, message boards, and the like on this website might be moderated (by a moderator, supported by the editorial team) when needed and the appearance of your comment might therefore be delayed or refused until they have been approved.

The moderator and the editorial team are however under no obligation to ensure a continuing moderation and assume no responsibility or liability arising from the content of any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, promotional materials, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, privacy disclosure or inaccuracy contained in any information which would appear on the website due to a third-party user.

f) If we become aware that you have breached any of the terms and conditions contained herein, we may immediately take corrective action, including preventing you from further using this website and removing any information, data and content put by you on this website at any moment and without notice. We may also seek to recover damages from you.

4. Limitation of liability

a) You use the website at your own risk. You must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any Content. All information provided on or via the website is for information purposes only.

b) We endeavour to provide a convenient and functional website, but we make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy of any of the Content. We assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the Content.

c) Although we will use reasonable endeavours to maintain the Content, we do not undertake to provide support or maintenance services for the Content. We reserve the right to make changes, corrections and/or improvements at any time without notice.

d) We are not liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, or use of this website.

e) Without limiting the above provisions, everything on this website is provided to you “as is” and “as available” without warranty or condition of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

We exclude all representations and warranties to the fullest extent permissible under any Applicable Law.

If a jurisdiction does not allow the exclusion of implied warranties in accordance with this provision, but allows limitations of a certain maximum extent then we limit our warranties to that extent. In addition to the other disclaimers and restrictions on our liability set out in these terms and conditions and to the fullest extent permissible under any Applicable Law, we will accept no liability whatsoever for any direct, incidental, consequential or indirect loss or damage, loss or corruption of data, loss of profits, goodwill, bargain or opportunity or loss of anticipated savings or any other loss resulting from your access to, reliance on, or use of, or inability to use this website and the Content, however caused and whether arising in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise, and whether or not we know of the possibility of such loss or damage.

f) We have not reviewed any or all of the third-party websites which contain links to this website and we accept no liability for the content of any such off-site pages or any other sites linked to this website. Quotation or use of one or more portions of this website in the site of any third parties without written consent is prohibited.

g) This website may provide links or references to other sites. We have no responsibility for the content of such other sites and shall not be liable for any damages or injury arising from that content. Any links to other sites are provided as merely a convenience to the users of this website. Please note that the terms of use and privacy policy of these other sites may be different than these of this website.

5. Intellectual property rights

a) You acknowledge that the Content is subject to copyright and possibly other intellectual property rights (“Intellectual Property Rights”).

You must not by yourself or permit any other person to:

I. sell, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, publicly perform, prepare derivative works based on, repost or otherwise use any of the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose without our prior written consent; or

II. use any Content on any other website or in a networked computer environment for any purpose; or

III. reverse engineer any Content consisting of downloadable software; or

IV. otherwise infringe the Intellectual Property Rights of any person in using the website or any Content.

b) Nothing you do on or in relation to this website will transfer any Intellectual Property Rights to you or license you to exercise any Intellectual Property Rights unless this is expressly stated.

6. Privacy policy

In using this website you may give us “personal data” as defined in the Applicable Law. In this regard, you may have certain rights pursuant to the Applicable Law. By using this website you grant us the consent to use your personal data in accordance with the privacy policy contained below, which describes how we handle your personal information on this website.

a) Information we may collect from you. We may collect and process the following data about you in accordance with this privacy policy: (i) information that you provide to us via our website; (ii) if you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence for regulatory compliance and record keeping purposes; and (iii) details of your visits to our website and the materials and information that you access.

b) Use of your information. We may use data held about you in the following ways: (i) to support your interaction with us, including to ensure that the content of this website is presented in the most effective manner for you and your computer or electronic device; (ii) to provide you with information you may have requested through this website; (iii) to notify you about changes to this website and to ensure the ongoing accuracy and relevance of such data; (iv) for general internal research purposes, including to identify and analyse the regularity of the use of this website and the nature of our this website’s users; and (v) to design products and services for your use.

We may disclose your personal data to our members, agents and contractors (including to parties located outside the European Economic Area) for the purposes stated above.

By using this website, you consent to processing of your personal data in accordance with our Terms of Use including this privacy policy and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

c) Your rights. You have the right to request access to your personal data we hold about you, rectification of inaccurate data, as well as to withdraw your consent at any time and free of charges. Any request to exercise such rights must be addressed as provided below.

d) Contact us. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, or our related practices or you wish to access, modify or withdraw your personal data, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected]

7. Cancellation

a) Where you are required to register with us, you may cancel such registration at any time by notifying us at [email protected]

b) We may cancel your registration if you do not visit the website for an extended period of time, or if we reasonably believe that you have violated any Applicable Laws, acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms of Use, or have violated our rights or those of another party.

c) Following cancellation we may retain any information you submitted as part of the registration process, and any information arising from your use of this website for such period as may be required by Applicable Laws.

8. General provision

We reserve the right to modify or discontinue this website at any time without notice and without liability.

We may also revise these terms and conditions from time to time by updating this page. The revised terms will take effect when they are posted.