The four AO Technical Commissions (AOTK) for Trauma, Spine, CMF and AONeuro are the governing bodies of their clinical area within the AOTK System.
The AOTKs propose to the AOTK Executive Board (TKEB) to appoint and dissolve Expert Groups, which provide expert opinion in the respective areas of specialty. The AOTKs support, guide, and supervise the work of their Expert Groups.
To define the need for new or improved technologies and procedures To convey the defined needs for research, development and clinical investigation To review the priorities and propositions of their Expert Groups according to the general aims of the AO Foundation To approve new devices and methodso approve new devices and methods To approve preclinical and clinical studies proposed by the Expert Groupso approve preclinical and clinical studies proposed by the Expert Groups To appoint Task Forceso appoint Task Forces
The AOTKs are the only bodies empowered to approve a device (product) or method (technology) indicated for their specialty as a product, which may be advertised as a product approved by the AO Foundation. The approval procedure is defined by the AOTK Executive Board.