Anyone who is in a position to influence content (speakers, planners, reviewers, and faculty) must complete a financial disclosure form.
To assist with this process, the Academy will review a potential joint sponsor's financial disclosure and conflict of interest policies. (Suggested forms and policy guides are available below in "Tools and Resources".) It is important for all activities to have a method to eliminate commercial bias. Bias is an undue influence promoting the proprietary interests of a Commercial Interest.
The following ACCME criteria govern the influence of industry, and speakers, on educational content, as detailed in the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support (SCS).
ACCME Criteria 7: The provider [the Academy] develops activities/educational interventions independent of commercial interests (SCS 1, 2 and 6).
ACCME Criteria 10: The provider actively promotes improvements in health care and NOT proprietary interests of a commercial interest (SCS 5).
Q: When do relationships create "conflicts of interest? (COI)" (SCS 2.1)
A: The ACCME considers financial relationships to create actual conflicts of interest in CME when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest.
If, upon review by activity planners or reviewers, a conflict of interest is thought to exist, a Conflict of Interest Resolution and Management form will need to be completed. This form documents how the COI was discovered, and what methods were used to achieve resolution.