SGO Policies and Procedures
Policy 7.5: Joint Accreditation Disclosure
To comply with Joint Accreditation Criteria.
1.1 All individuals who have the opportunity to affect the content of a continuing medical education (CME) activity as defined in Policy 7.4 must disclose all financial relationship(s) with a commercial interest, including those held by their spouse/life partner during the planning stages of the CME activity.
1.2 In the following circumstances, individuals who have the opportunity to affect the content of an educational activity may disclose their financial relationships with a commercial interest after the planning stages of the activity: 1) A confirmed speaker announces that s/he is no longer available to participate in the planned activity and a replacement speaker must be selected after the disclosure communication piece to learners has been produced; 2) Late-breaking Abstracts are selected for presentation as these papers are typically selected after the disclosure communication piece to learners has been produced. In these circumstances, an activity addendum, including these disclosures, is included in the educational materials.
1.3 Individuals refusing to disclose information will be removed from the activity planning and development process and will not be allowed to participate or be involved in any way with the activity.
2.1 A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re- selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.
2.2 Any financial relationship with a commercial interest is considered to be a conflict of interest and must be resolved prior to the start of the CME activity through the SGO Conflict of Interest Resolution Policy 7.4.
2.3 A financial relationship may exist if the participating individual or spouse/partner benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, serves as an officer, consultant, advisory/review committee member, or agent of a commercial organization; owns stock, stock options or other ownerships of interest in commercial organization; has received compensation during the prior twelve months or has contracted to receive compensation during the next twelve months from a commercial supporter.
3.0 Operational Procedure
3.1 Disclosure of any financial relationship(s) with a commercial interest must be submitted to the SGO Education Department Staff through the Financial Disclosure From during the planning stages of the activity.
3.2 If a potential conflict of interest is indicated, the Activity Course Director(s) will be notified to resolve the conflict of interest.
3.3 SGO communicates any financial relationship with a commercial interest held by an individual, or their spouse/life partner, who has the opportunity to affect the educational content of the CME activity to the learner in writing prior to the start of the activity.
3.4 In addition to the written disclosure, all Speakers are required to verbally disclose their financial relationships with commercial interest(s) prior to the start of their presentation utilizing the provided SGO disclosure slide included in the required presentation template.
Revision Dates: June 2016