Part 1 Introduction: An overview of bioresorbable materials; The biological environment for bioresorbable materials. Part 2 Degradation mechanisms: Synthetic bioresorbable polymers; Natural bioresorbable polymers; Bioresorbable ceramics. Part 3 Bioresorption test methods: In-vitro physicochemical test methods to evaluate bioresorbability; In-vitro biological test methods to evaluate bioresorbability; In-vivo test methods to evaluate bioresorbability; Modelling of the degradation processes for bioresorbable polymers. Part 4 Factors influencing bioresorption: Influence of processing, sterilisation and storage on bioresorbability; Influence of porous structure on bioresorbability: Tissue engineering scaffolds. Part 5 Clinical application: Influence of clinical application on bioresorbability: Host response; Scaffold and implant design: Considerations relating to characterization of biodegradibility and bioresorbability; Drug release from bioresorbable materials.