a) To establish wide standardisation and harmonisation of methods for evaluation both of retrieved skeletal implants and of new implant prototypes.
b) To establish an European network of laboratories involved in critical aspects of underpinning science for the development of second generation skeletal implants.
1. Standardisation and harmonisation
a) Consideration of the methods appropriate to an assessment of success or failure of a skeletal implant.
b) Consideration of a) in comparison with existing proposals for a catalogue of pertinent data, such as the American ASTM F561 and relevant ISO standards.
c) Establishment of a concensus as to the essential critical parameters required for skeletal implant evaluation.
d) Establishment of a mechanism for the development of an European data base on retrieved implants.
a) To establish a regular forum for the discussion of the multi-disciplinary topics required for the development of second generation prostheses.
b) To define the conditions required at the implant-tissue interface to stimulate a favourable tissue response.
c) To progress the development of novel biomaterials which are bone analogues and encourage bone apposition around an implant rather than bone resorption.
d) To develop an appropriate bioactivity index for ranking bioactive composites, ceramics and glasses.
e) To consider the potential of biodegradable polymers and composites as temporary structural elements.
f) To discuss the development of assemblies of modular materials with diverse properties.