The Vascular Society, and Microbiology have, in this publication, brought together the knowledge and work of experts in the science and art of management of these very difficult cases. This publication summarises our current knowledge and should assist clinicians and commissioners to develop management strategies and services that patients deserve. The Vascular Society is glad to see a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the complex issue of infection in prosthetic materials. The pathways here encompass not only surgical treatment when an infection is established but also, and most importantly, risk factors and prevention. They are an essential part of modern care, and BAPRAS is proud to be part of the authorship.