As a provider of continuing education, CME Outfitters, LLC, is required to comply with the guidelines set forth by the ACCME, AMA, ACPE, NASW and CCMC.
Instructions for completion of the online disclosure form:
- First, list the names of commercial interests (defined in the “Glossary of Terms” below) with which you or your spouse/partner have, or have had, a relevant financial relationship within the past 12 months. For this purpose we consider the relevant financial relationships of your spouse or partner that you are aware of to be yours.
- Second, describe what you or your spouse/partner received. For example: salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, research grant, consulting fee, speaker fee, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.
CME Outfitters and IADMS does NOT want to know how much you received.
- Third, describe your role. For example: employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and ‘other activities’ (please specify).
Evidence for significant financial interest or other relationship may include: receiving grants/research support, current or recent history of employment with, consultantship to or major stockholder of a company, or being a member of a speakers bureau. Disclosing a relationship or affiliation with any commercial organization does not necessarily prevent a faculty member from making a presentation. However, if it is determined that the financial relationship may cause conflict of interest, the faculty member has the option to alter the relationship so that a conflict no longer exists, or CME Outfitters will manage and attempt to resolve the conflict in order to ensure activities are free of commercial bias. The policy is designed to place a higher priority on the health and well-being of the public than on individuals’ personal economic interests.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on or consumed by patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit www.accme.org.
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, 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. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Relevant financial relationships
ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create 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.