Integrity was the topic of a 6 March joint session between the European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical, and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) at ECR 2014.
The session at this year's annual congress in Vienna was titled "How does integrity affect our daily lives? A joint radiologist/industry initiative," according to COCIR. The goal was to share information on integrity related to the everyday activities of radiologists in their interactions with the healthcare technology industry, as well as to build awareness of industry codes of conduct, particularly the COCIR Code of Conduct.
There have been increasing calls for more clarity about the relationship between commercial companies and individuals, professional bodies, and academic institutions. Such issues were debated in the session, along with the presentation of the COCIR Code of Conduct, according to the organization.
It is paramount for patients and users to continue to benefit from modern, safe, and effective medical technology, COCIR noted. Thus, collaborations between healthcare professionals and industry will be successful only if both parties respect high ethical standards.