Policy on Disclosure to Learners
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. As such, we have made the choice to meet ACCME’s criteria and practices for continuing medical education. Our accreditation is important to us. We look forward to working together to provide CME at the highest standard.
The ASLMS has implemented a process where all individuals (planners, teachers and authors) in a position to control the content of a CME activity must disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interest they and/or their spouse/partner may have received within the last 12 months.
In addition, speakers must provide verbal disclosure a the time of presentation of any relevant conflicts of interests, off-label uses of drugs, instruments or devices, and whether drugs, instruments, or devices discussed are FDA approved.
Important ACCME Definitions of Terms
Financial Relationships: Those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received or expected.
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, an ACCME-defined commercial interest.
Relevant Financial Relationships: Financial relationships in any amount, which occurred in the 12- month period preceding the time that an individual was asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity, and which relate to the content of the educational activity, causing a conflict of interest.
Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTATION AND AUDIT METHODS
- Published Disclosures: ASLMS staff collate disclosure information that has been collected and reviewed by the CME Provider Unit. Complete disclosure information is made available in the program syllabus for each accredited CME activity ,which is available in print and/or posted via electronic link online or within the mobile app for the CME activity. Disclosure information will include the name, role and appropriate disclosure statement for each person in a position to control content. For individuals who report a financial relationship, the disclosure statement will include the commercial interest(s) and the nature of the relationship the person has with each commercial interest(s). If an individual reports having no relevant financial relationships, the disclosure statement will indicate no relevant disclosures. Disclosure information for all individuals in a position to control content is made available at least 30 days prior to the event, during the event and for a minimum of 30 days following the educational event.
- Disclosure Reminder: At the start of the activity, Course Director(s) must remind speakers to disclose, both verbally and in writing (by projecting their disclosure slide) their financial relationship(s) to learners prior to presentation.
- Presenter Disclosure Slide: All presenters must include a disclosure slide that will be visible to learners at the start of their presentation. A slide is inserted by the ASLMS Central Office staff prior to presentation, to ensure that it is projected.
- Disclosure Checklist: During the educational activity, the Course Director(s) indicate whether each speaker provided complete verbal disclosure to learners.
- CME Advisory Committee Audit: CME Advisory Committee members complete an audit form during random session visits to verify whether speakers provided written (slide) and verbal disclosure.
CME Activity Evaluation: Attendees are asked to comment about whether speakers provided verbal disclosure of financial relationships with commercial interests, proprietary interests, off-label uses of drugs, instruments or devices, and whether drugs, instruments, or devices discussed are FDA approved.