Policy 7.12: Bias Presentation for CME Activities

SGO Policies and Procedures

Policy 7.12: Bias Presentation for CME Activities

PURPOSE

To standardize the way in which SGO Leadership address Speakers who violate the SGO Presentation Guidelines.

1.0          Policy

1.1 All Speakers will be required to follow SGO’s Presentation Guidelines; whereby, a specific company, product, therapy or opinion may not be promoted over another without citing a peer- reviewed publication or scientific meeting. All Speakers must comply with Policy 7.5 in disclosing all financial relationships both in print and verbally, prior to the start of their presentation utilizing the provided SGO disclosure slide included in the required presentation template. SGO reserves the right to address any violation of the Presentation Guidelines based on the severity and frequency of the infraction. At minimum, a speaker in violation of any biased presentation, disclosure, or other SGO or Joint Accreditation policies, will receive a formal written notice of violation and the violation will be recorded in the SGO Bias Presenter Database for future reference.

1.2 In the event the Speaker in question disagrees with the violation of which they are accused, s/he must request a reassessment by the Compliance Officer and/or Subcommittee, prior to signing and returning the written warning. The Compliance Officer will engage the Compliance Subcommittee Chair as well as the Education Committee Chair and Vice-Chair to participate in the reassessment process and, as necessary, involve the SGO Executive Council.

2.0          Standards/Criteria

2.1 All Speakers must acknowledge their receipt, understanding and acceptance of the SGO Presentation Guidelines via the Financial Disclosure Form.

2.2 Violation(s) of the SGO Presentation Guidelines may be reported through attendee evaluations, CME Proctor Forms, SGO staff or learner notation, or verbally expressed to the Compliance Officer. Each reported violation, regardless of severity or occurrence, shall be documented in the Bias Presenter Database.

2.3 The standing Compliance Officer(s) or Compliance Subcommittee, in conjunction with any other persons deemed relevant to the violation, reserve the right to define the severity of a violation and consequences thereof. In addition to receiving a formal written notice of violation, the violation will be recorded in the SGO Biased Presenter Database for future reference. SGO reserves the right to take action deemed appropriate by the Compliance Office and/or Subcommittee up to and including expulsion from SGO.

Should the Speaker refute the violation, the incident may be reviewed by the Education Committee and Executive Board.

2.5 A second conflict violation of SGO or Joint Accreditation Policies will result in at minimum an additional written notification informing the offender of a 12-month speaking ban from all SGO activities, effective immediately, and the violation will be recorded in the SGO Biased Presenter Database for future reference. SGO reserves the right to take further action deemed appropriate by the Compliance Office and/or Subcommittee up to and including expulsion from SGO.

Should the Speaker refute the violation, the incident may be reviewed by the Education Committee and Executive Board.

3.0          Procedure

3.1 All violations shall remain confidential among relevant Compliance Officers, Committee Members, and SGO Staff.

3.2 All violations shall remain on file in the SGO Biased Presenter Database.

3.3 A Speaker’s reassessment request will be brought to the attention of the Compliance Officer(s) who will engage the full relevant group for reevaluation of the violation in question as well as the severity.

3.4 The Compliance group involved may choose to revoke the initial charge(s), whereby the incident would not be documented or revise the determination from the initial charge.

3.5 The outcome of the reassessment decision is final and will be documented in the Biased Presenter Database.

Revision Dates: June 2016