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CME Directives for ASLMS Planners, Teachers, and Authors

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. As such, we have chosen to meet the ACCME’s criteria for our CME practice and expect all involved parties to support this important initiative.

ACCME Definition of a Commercial Interest

Any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests – unless the provider of clinical service is owned, or controlled by, and ACCME-defined commercial interest.

Involved parties include any individual involved in the planning, decision making, or delivery process of CME content including but not limited to:

  • Planners - Committee Members, Program Chairs, Course Directors, Section Chairs
  • Teachers - Faculty, Moderators, Speakers (panelists, featured speakers, keynote, etc.)
  • Authors - Abstract Authors (presenting authors and all co-authors)

The following is a list of "rules" for participation in a CME Educational Activity:

❌ DO NOTs - Not allowed under ACCME regulations and/or ASLMS policies and procedures
DOs - Allowed or Required by ACCME regulations and/or ASLMS policies and procedures

ASLMS Planners, Teachers, Authors DO NOTs:

❌ Accept advice or services from an ACCME defined commercial interest concerning teachers, authors, individuals or other education matters, including content.

❌ Accept payment, honoraria or expense reimbursement in relation to any ASLMS-planned programming from any industry/commercial interest. THE PODIUM IS NOT FOR SALE!

❌ Promote recommendations, treatments, or manners of practicing medicine that are: not within the definition of CME, known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits, or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.

❌ Distribute or display advertisements and/or promotional materials in the educational space immediately before, during, or after a CME activity.

❌ Include advertising, corporate logo, trade name or a product-group message of an ACCME-defined commercial interest within educational materials that are part of a CME activity, such as speaker/session slides, abstracts and handouts. 

ASLMS Planners, Teachers, Authors DOs:

Provide Disclosure of ALL Financial Relationships and FDA Indication:

✅ Submit a disclosure form (in writing/online) including all financial relationships with ACCME defined commercial interests, names of each entity, and nature of each relationship within 12 months or less prior to presentation.

✅ Include all indicated disclosures on a lead presentation slide and allocate ample time to verbally review disclosures with learners.

✅ Indicate verbally, at the time of presentation, any FDA status of devices, drugs or treatments used for the material being presented (approved or considered investigational).

Adhere to ACCME Standards for Commercial Support and ASLMS Commercial Support Guidelines:

✅ Develop program/content and speakers’ decisions free of control of a commercial interest.

✅ Cooperate honestly and promptly during ASLMS conflict of interest (COI) review. Individuals who refuse to disclose or are unable to resolve identified COI will be disqualified.

✅ Accept honoraria or reimbursement only from the ASLMS (based on the ASLMS Education Responsibilities and Remuneration policy).

Present Valid Clinical/Scientific Content:

✅ Base recommendations involving clinical medicine on evidence accepted within the medical profession as adequate justification for indications and contraindications in the care of patients.

✅ Conform all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in support or justification of a patient care recommendation to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

✅ Promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.  

✅ Give a balanced view of therapeutic options and use generic names to support impartiality. 

✅ If necessary for pro/con analysis, the presenter should include trade names from several companies, not just trade names from a single company.

OWNERS, EMPLOYEES or MEDICAL DIRECTORS of an ACCME defined commercial interest and any planner, teacher or author with relevant financial disclosures may only participate in a CME activity IF disclosures and presentation content are fully vetted per ASLMS policy/procedure AND:

  • Content of the CME activity is not related to business lines products of the commercial interest.
  • The content is limited to basic science research (e.g., pre-clinical research, drug discovery) or the processes/methodologies of research, themselves unrelated to a specific disease or compound/drug.
    • In these circumstances, ASLMS must implement its review processes to ensure employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests have no control of CME activity content that is related to clinical applications of the research/discovery or clinical recommendations concerning the business lines or products of their employer.
  • The content teaches the safe and proper use of medical devices.
    • In this circumstance, the ASLMS must implement its review process to ensure that employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests have no control of CME activity content that is related to clinical recommendations concerning the business lines or products of their employer.



The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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