The LIRC is now the National Retrieval Centre for the collection and analysis of Beyond Compliance Implants


Beyond Compliance is a service to support the safe and stepwise introduction of new or modified implantable medical devices. The CE mark is compliance, Beyond Compliance takes risk analysis and vigilance forward. It is about protecting patients whilst supporting innovation.

Beyond Compliance assess the performance of newly introduced implants in the UK in the first three years of their use. There are currently 55 different designs of hip and knee components registered with Beyond Compliance. Retrieval analysis of any failed implants can help identify common mechanisms of failure which can be addressed.

The LIRC takes receipt of, decontaminates and securely stores Beyond Compliance implants following revision. We provide a retrieval box and arrange collection. Implants can then be analysed at the LIRC or sent to any other retrieval centre in the UK for analysis.