Disclosure of Financial Relationships

FOR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PLANNERS, MANAGERS and PRESENTERS

Because CME activities are conducted in the public interest, it is important to assure the public that education of physicians and other health care professionals is conducted with the highest integrity, scientific objectivity and the absence of bias. The intent of the conflict of interest resolution process is to ensure that financial relationships with commercial interests and resultant loyalties do not supersede the public interest in the design and delivery of continuing medical education activities for the profession. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) holds providers of CME responsible for collecting information from its instructors, planners/reviewers and managers of CME content and resolving those conflicts prior to the commencement of the CME activity. A conflict of interest potentially exists when individuals have a financial relationship (any amount) with a commercial interest and the opportunity to control the content of CME about the product or services of that commercial interest.

 

CRITERIA FOR DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

All individuals who affect the content of a CME activity are required to disclose their financial relationships with commercial interests associated with the CME activity. A commercial interest is defined as “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.”

  • Principal investigators must report research-funding relationships under “contracted research,” even if those funds came to an institution.
  • You also must disclose relevant financial relationships your spouse or life partner has with ACCME defined commercial interests.
  • Relationships with governmental agencies (g., the NIH) and organizations that do not fit the above definition of commercial interest do not have to be disclosed.
  • If you have received honoraria (or fee-for-service) or consulting funds from a CME provider, you do not have to disclose those honoraria or fees, even though those funds may have been provided indirectly through an educational grant from a commercial

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Last modified: September 18, 2019