UW Medicine Compliance
Product Demonstration Site Agreements – FAQs
Technology is a significant and important component of the delivery of healthcare. State-of-the-art equipment is often vital to achieving the highest quality of care. Equipment and device manufacturers are often interested in showcasing their technologies in a medical setting and may seek to enter into product demonstration site agreements (sometimes referred to by vendors as “show site” agreements) with UW Medicine hospitals and clinics. Increasingly, healthcare entities around the nation including UW Medicine rely more and more on demonstration site visits in order to fully evaluate vendor products in a real-world clinical setting prior to purchase.
Federal regulatory agencies have increased scrutiny of these and other arrangements and have raised concerns about the substance of some of these agreements. Organizations must exercise caution before entering into such arrangements and avoid the appearance of endorsing vendors or vendor products.
UW Medicine carefully examines demonstration site proposals to make sure that they clearly support faculty/practitioner education, training and information sharing rather than merely serving as a marketing tool for vendors. Under appropriate circumstances UW Medicine will consider entering into demonstration site agreements with vendors that are focused on education and training related to the equipment/devices.
The following FAQs are intended to help UW Medicine workforce members respond appropriately to product demonstration site requests:
- Federal Anti-Kickback Statute
- UW School of Medicine Policy on Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest for Commercial and Non-Profit Entities
- Valley Medical Center Conflict of Interest Policy (secure site)