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The development and use of the tumour necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists is a major breakthrough in the treatment of many rheumatic diseases. Although these novel agents are undoubtedly superior to conventional therapeutic modalities, their costs and potential adverse effects are of concern. The current consensus statements were developed in early 2005 to help practicing rheumatologists identify which adult patients may benefit from anti-TNF therapies and highlight their potential toxicities. The Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology has developed a registry on the use of the biologics in our local patients with chronic rheumatic disorders. Because the indications and novel data regarding the TNF inhibitors are ever changing, this consensus will be updated regularly.