CONDITIONS FOR ACCEPTANCE OF COMMERCIAL SUPPORT
Statement of Purpose: Program is for scientific and educational purposes only and will not promote the company’s products, directly or indirectly.
Control of Content & Selection of Presenters & Moderators: The LAFP is responsible for control of content and selection of presenters and moderators. The commercial supporter agrees not to direct the content of the program. The commercial supporter, or it’s agents, will respond only to LAFP initiated requests for suggestions of presenters or sources of possible presenters. The commercial supporter will suggest more than one name (if possible); will provide speaker qualifications; will disclose financial or other relationships between commercial supporter and speaker, and will provide this information in writing. Sponsor will record role of commercial supporter, or it’s agents, in suggesting presenter(s); will seek suggestions from other sources; and will make selection of presenter(s) based on balance and independence.
Disclosure of Financial Relationships: The LAFP will ensure meaningful disclosure to the audience at the time of the program, of (a) commercial funding and (b) any significant relationship between the LAFP and the commercial support (e.g., grant recipient) or between individual speakers or moderators and the commercial supporters.
Involvement in Content: There will be no “scripting”, emphasis or direction on content by the commercial supporter or its agents.
Ancillary Promotional Activities: No promotional activities will be permitted in the same room or obligate path as the educational activity. No product advertisement will be permitted in the program room.
Objectivity and Balance: The LAFP will make every effort to ensure that data regarding the commercial supporters products (or competing products) is objectively selected and presented, with favorable and unfavorable information and balanced discussion of prevailing information on the products(s) and /or alternative treatments.
Limitations on Data: The LAFP will ensure, to the extent possible, meaningful disclosure of limitations on data, (e.g., ongoing research, interim analysis, preliminary data, or unsupported opinion).
Discussion of Unapproved Terms: The LAFP will require that presenters disclose when a product is not approved in the United States for the use under discussion.
Opportunities for Debate: The LAFP will ensure meaningful opportunities for questioning and scientific debate.
Independence of LAFP in the Use of Contributed Funds:
The commercial supporter agrees to abide by all other requirements of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education (appended).
The Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians agrees to: 1) abide by the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, 2) Acknowledge educational support from the commercial supporter in program brochures, syllabus and other appropriate program materials, and upon request, furnish the commercial supporter a report concerning the expenditures of the funds provided.