Policy 7.4: ACCME Conflict of Interest Resolution

SGO Policies and Procedures

Policy 7.4: Joint Accreditation Conflict of Interest

To comply with Joint Accreditation requirements and provide the audience with the best available educational material.

1.0          Policy

1.1          All individuals who have the opportunity to affect the content of a continuing medical education (CME) activity must disclose all financial relationship(s) with any commercial interest(s), including those held by their spouse/life partner during the planning stages of the activity, via the Financial Disclosure Form, as described in Policy 7.5. Individuals who have the opportunity to affect the content of CME activities include all co-authors.

1.2          Any individual that discloses a financial relationship with a commercial interest is considered to be a conflict of interest and the disclosed conflict must be resolved prior to the start of the CME activity.

1.3          SGO will utilize a number of methods to resolve conflicts of interest and safeguard against any potential biases, including disclosure and conflict reviews by Compliance Subcommittee members to determine the relevance of financial relationships to the CME content.

2.0          Standards/Criteria

2.1          A conflict of interest exists when an individual who has the opportunity to affect the content of a CME activity (and/or the individual’s spouse/life partner) is involved financially with a commercial interest. (See Policy 7.5 for the definition of a financial relationship)

2.2          Any conflict of interest that cannot be resolved will disqualify the individual from being involved in the planning and development process or participating at the CME activity.

2.3          Regardless of the disclosed information, individuals participating in a CME activity are instructed to base all education presented on evidence-based recommendations.

3.0          Operational Procedure

3.1          Any reported financial relationship will be reviewed and resolved, prior to the CME activity by utilizing one or more of the following available mechanisms. Regardless of the mechanism selected, all educational materials will undergo the peer-review process as described below.

3.1.1      Select an alternative individual to control the content in question – if an individual assigned to a topic has a conflict of interest, this topic can be assigned to someone else without a conflict.

3.1.2      Limit the content in question to exclude recommendations – if an individual assigned to a topic has a conflict of interest, the topic content can be limited to only include only published research and not recommendations or conclusions.

3.1.3      Peer review process – Education committee Members assigned to review the content of an activity can resolve conflicts of interest by ensuring that the content does not include bias material. If biased content is identified, the individual will be required to alter the content to meet compliance with Joint Accreditation criteria. Additionally, the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer Program Committee is responsible for peer- reviewing all of the abstracts submitted for consideration to ensure the data is not bias.

3.1.4      Reference the best available evidence – the content of the activity can reference the best available evidence and identify conclusions that support this evidence.

3.1.5      Alter financial relationships – sever financial ties with a commercial interest eliminating an incentive to include bias in the CME content.

Revision Dates: June 2016