SCMEC Ethical Guideline: Financial Relationships with Entities that Sell Products or Services to CME Professionals

SCMEC Ethical Guidelines

Disclosure, Identification and Management of Financial Relationships with Entities that Sell Products or Services to CME Professionals

SCMEC is committed to ensuring that its educational activities are balanced and free from promotion. Therefore, in addition to disclosure of any financial relationship(s) with commercial interests, all SCMEC planner/faculty/authors must disclose financial relationship(s) with entities that sell products or services to CME professionals.

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

For the purpose of this guideline, entities that sell products or services to CME professionals may include the following:

  • Program/accreditation consultants,
  • Independent speakers’ bureaus not affiliated with pharmaceutical companies or device manufacturers,
  • Companies providing program management tools or products,
  • Polling device companies,
  • Technology or learning management companies,
  • Association management companies,
  • Other.

Companies that sell products or services to CME professionals are NOT ACCME-defined “commercial interests,” therefore these financial relationships do not pose a conflict of interest (COI) related to the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.

To ensure balance and independent education, SCMEC will review all planner/faculty/author relationships with commercial interests and with entities that sell products or services to CME professionals.

SCMEC will consider these financial relationships when creating a planning committee and will attempt to include at least one (1) individual on the committee with no financial relationships with an entity that sell products or services to CME professionals.

If an individual does have a relationship with an entity that sells products or services to CME professionals, SCMEC will review the content outline to ensure that is not promotional.

SCMEC will publish all disclosures in advance to the learners.

(Approved by SCMEC Board of Directors, November 25, 2015)