Conflict of Interest Disclosure Guidelines
ACHA is obligated to the organizations that grant us CE accreditation/approval to ensure that all educational activities are developed and presented with independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. It is our responsibility to ensure that they are free from promotion of specific goods or services, and that they are free from actual or potential bias.
All faculty/presenters/authors/planners are required to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies (defined below) that you have had over the past 24 months, regardless of the amount and regardless of whether you view the financial relationships as relevant to the education. The Program Coordinator will identify and mitigate, as appropriate, any relevant relationships and the presence or absence of relevant financial relationships for all persons in control of content will be disclosed to the participants/learners before the learner engages in the education.
Please note: the identification of financial relationships with ineligible companies does not necessarily mean that you are unable to participate in the planning and implementation of this educational activity. Rather, the accreditation standards require that relevant financial relationships are mitigated before you assume your role in this activity.
The ACCME defines an ineligible company as any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Additional entities that are considered by ACHA to be ineligible companies include for-profit entities that develop, produce, market, or distribute products and services that promote wellness, and that provide administrative products and/or services used in student health.
Relevant Relationships, as defined by ANCC, are relationships with an ineligible company, if the products or services of the ineligible company are related to the content of the educational activity.
Nature of Financial Relationships
Examples of financial relationships include employee, researcher, consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, and ownership interest. Individual stocks and stock options should be disclosed; diversified mutual funds do not need to be disclosed. Research funding from ineligible companies should be disclosed by the principal or named investigator even if that individual’s institution receives the research grant and manages the funds.