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Topcon gains MIA accreditation

Topcon are proud to announce that all of their area sales managers, field engineers and clinical product specialists are now registered under the Medical Industry Accredited (MIA) scheme.

Commenting on the scheme Andrew Yorke, Medical Director of Topcon GB Ltd said “we are aware that other such schemes now exist in the UK, but our preference has been to register with MIA as it has the support of the Association of the British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, to name but a few.”

Topcon are now part of over 5,000 representatives from more than 150 medtech companies who have signed up to the MIA scheme designed to ensure safe access by sales staff to NHS premises and, in particular, sensitive clinical areas. The scheme is sponsored by the ABHI and run by Wellards, is being rolled out across the UK to ensure appropriate interactions between industry and the NHS, and to raise training standards.

“This scheme is currently the only ‘not for profit’ scheme in operation across the UK. We would encourage all of our customers to support this scheme.” Added Mr Yorke.


Further information about the MIA scheme

MIA allows the health service to check the credentials of visiting medical technology industry staff. Each visitor's ID card can be checked on the internet. Keying in a code confirms the person's details, including their name, company, job title, photo ID and evidence of up-to-date accredited training. ID cards are renewed every year but information can be updated in the interim.

Increasingly, hospitals are asking for evidence from industry representatives and service engineers who need to be in operating theatres or acute care settings. Companies have a duty to ensure that staff are properly qualified for the roles they perform, particularly in areas where they have contact with patients. Similarly, hospitals need to ensure that everyone entering care settings is appropriately qualified and has received accredited training. Read more