Introduction to SDMA
SDMA The SDMA has its origins in late Victorian times, when the owners and directors of surgical dressing manufacturers used to meet informally at the Russell Hotel in London. In January 1931 the decision was taken to make it a formal organisation with a written constitution. It is a very different organisation today, but it still retains its original management structure.
SDMA The SDMA serves companies that manufacture or distribute wound care or associated products within Europe – and have a presence in the UK or Ireland. This covers professional, retail and veterinary market sectors. Currently it has 17 member companies representing a combined turnover of over £1.4bn in wound care products – with a significant proportion of that going to export. Members range in size from small family companies to major multinational organisations – but each member has an equal voice in the association, regardless of size.
SDMA The SDMA is very much run by its members. Consequently, it is tactical in nature and has a secretary rather than a directorate. It currently has work groups looking at commercial, technical, environmental and regulatory issues. It also has several special interest groups, currently including: - The Drug Tariffs - BS and EN standards for wound care and hip protectors - Clinical evidence - The proposed EU medical device regulations
SDMA Member Companies 3M Healthcare BSN Medical ConvaTec Mölnlycke Health Care Smith & Nephew Aspen Medical Toiletry Sales Limited Tytex Paul Hartmann
Activa Healthcare Coloplast Covidien Advancis Robinson Healthcare Systagenix Urgo H&R Healthcare
Products Covered by SDMA Wound care and associated products – including the following (which is far from an exclusive list) Wound Dressings Surgical Gauze Compression Bandage Systems Adhesive Dressings Orthopaedic Casting Materials Orthopaedic Supports Hip Protectors Procedure Packs Plasters Chiropody Appliances Professional Maternity Pads Lint and Absorbent Cottons Advanced Wound Care Systems
Bandages Swabs Compression Hosiery Irrigation Fluids Chiropody Dressings Film and Foam Dressings Disposable Surgical Instruments Sterile Packs Skin Closure Strips Negative Pressure Appliances First Aid Kits Odour Management Antiseptics and Antimicrobials
SDMA Code of Practice We have a well-established Code of Practice covering the sale and promotion of wound care products to healthcare professionals: Doctors Dentists Chiropodists Pharmacists Supplies Officers Buyers Tissue Viability Nurses
Nurses Dental Nurses Physiotherapists Pharmacy Assistants Procurement Organisations Distributors Occupational Therapists
Basically to anyone who has influence over what is stocked, prescribed, purchased, used or supplied in the professional healthcare environment.
SDMA Code of Practice The SDMA Code of Practice was introduced in 2000. Over the years, it has proved to be effective and has gained wide acceptance. It is subject to continuous improvement and the latest version is Revision 4. Complaints brought under the code are judged by a independent panel of experts, with the outcomes posted on the SDMA web site. An SDMA-accredited training package for the Code of Practice is available – which may soon form the basis of a certificate for company representatives.
Examples of current focus Focus areas tend to change depending on current issues, but currently include: Working with procurement organisations such as NHS Supply Chain, National Procurement Scotland, Welsh Shared Services, Northern Ireland Procurement, NHS SBS, and national distributors. Working on issues such as clinical evidence, formularies, press reports, BS/EN/ISO standards, and the Drug Tariff. Keeping fully aware of the proposed EU medical device regulations.
An example of a current objective - Evidence Some published comments claim that evidence to support wound care products can be lacking. An SDMA member survey showed that for the 121 products included, 1,829 separate pieces of evidence had been generated to support them. That included 167 clinical trials and 92 cohort studies. It was also not unusual for more than 100 patients to be involved in an evidential study. Hence patient data is certainly not lacking for wound care products. We are now surveying user expectations for the evidence they consider is necessary to support wound care products.
Other examples of current objectives NON-CONFORMING PRODUCTS The SDMA brings non-conforming product to the attention of the MHRA, VMD, HSE or Trading Standards as appropriate – as such products represent unfair competition and could well represent a risk to patients.
STANDARDS It developed the current EN standards for wound care products, which it is now helping to revise. It is in the final stages of helping develop BS standards for hip protectors.
Whose Who in the SDMA Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Code of Practice
David Baldock Russell McCraith Nigel Brassington David Metcalfe
Contact Details Surgical Dressing Manufacturers Association (SDMA) Fernbank 17 The Crescent Holymoorside Derbyshire S42 7EE Tel: 01246-568175 Mobile: 07852-485732 E-mail: [email protected]
(soon to be [email protected]
) Web site: www.dressings.org.uk