Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program sponsors activities that are balanced, independent, and based on the best scientific evidence available. All individuals in a position to control content of CME are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Failure to disclose disqualifies the individual from developing, speaking, managing, or otherwise controlling the content of a CME activity. This disclosure must be made known to participants in advance of the activity.
Having a relevant financial relationship does not necessarily prevent an individual from being involved in the CME activity. However, the CME Office must implement a mechanism to resolve the conflict.
DISCLOSURE OF RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
Individuals who have the opportunity to affect the content of CME must disclose whether or not they or their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.
Standards of Commercial Support Definitions
“Relevant Financial Relationships”
The ACCME Standards of Commercial Support focus on individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity. For these individuals, relevant financial relationships are those in which the individual has both:
-A relationship with a commercial interest (a) that benefits the individual in any financial amount and (b) that has occurred within the past 12 months; and
-The opportunity to affect the content of CME about products or services of the commercial interest.
A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used, on patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.
The ACCME considers the following types of organizations to be eligible for accreditation and free to control the content of CME:
-501-C Non-profit organizations (Note, ACCME screens 501c organizations for eligibility. Those that advocate for commercial interests as a 501c organization are not eligible for accreditation in the ACCME system. They cannot serve in the role of joint sponsor, but they can be a commercial supporter.)
-Non-health care related companies
-Liability insurance providers
-Health insurance providers
-Group medical practices
-For profit rehabilitation centers
-For-profit nursing homes
Relationships with organizations meeting the above criteria do not need to be disclosed.
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner. The ACCME has not set a minimum dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship.
I verify that information disclosed below is accurate. This disclosure is valid for the 2014 calendar year. I agree to contact the CME Office if the information above changes throughout the 2014 calendar year.
I will develop the content of the CME activity based upon the best available evidence and current standards of care.
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