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The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) endorses scientific or educational programs initiated by other organizations. AASLD restricts its Endorsement to programs that focus on the science and/or practice of hepatology.

The over-arching principles and criteria for AASLD to endorse an educational/scientific program of another organization include:

  1. The program should align with the mission and uphold the standards of AASLD
  2. The program should benefit AASLD as an organization or AASLD members
  3. The program must represent prudent use of AASLD resources

Download AASLD's Endorsement Policy [PDF].

Endorsement Eligibility

Organizations eligible to request endorsement

  • Groups eligible to apply for endorsement include:
    • Non-profit, independent, academic medical societies/organizations with multi-national or multidisciplinary memberships (e.g., ILCA, FASEB)
    • National medical societies
    • Government health agencies (e.g., NIH, WHO)
  • Lay organizations, individual universities or departments, local or city-based societies, and groups who do not have a formal structure are ineligible for endorsement.

Types of programs eligible for endorsement

  • AASLD will only endorse educational or scientific programs relevant to the practice or science of hepatology.
  • Note: Annual meetings or regular meetings of other national medical societies will not be eligible for endorsement.

Specific program requirements

  • The program must be composed of high quality presentations given by experts that are free of commercial bias.


  • Endorsement of previous programs does not guarantee continued endorsement; requests are annual and not automatically renewed.

Endorsement: Process & Policies


  • Eligible organizations seeking AASLD Endorsement of a program must complete an online application via the AASLD website.
  • Applications will be directed to the Global Outreach and Engagement Committee, who will determine whether the eligibility requirements are met, score applications, and decide on the endorsement.
  • AASLD reserves the right to decline any request for endorsement without comment.

Required elements of the application

  • Name of program/meeting
  • Date and location
  • Target audience and expected number of participants
  • Meeting objectives
  • Statement of mission alignment
  • Program proposal including: sessions, topics, proposed speakers

Deadline for submission of applications

  • There will be two cycles for submission each year:
    • Cycle 1: Opens September 2 and closes March 1
    • Cycle 2: Opens March 2 and closes September 1
  • Requests for AASLD Endorsement should be submitted well in advance of the program.
  • All applications must be complete or they will not be reviewed in that cycle.

Notification of approval

  • Notifications of outcomes of the application for the March submission will be made in May, and for the September submission in November.
  • Approval notices will be accompanied by full instructions regarding the permitted use of the AASLD name and trademark.

Post-approval oversight

  • A copy of the final program, number of participants, and participant evaluation of the program, if available, should be submitted via email within 3 months of completion of the program.


  • Improper use of the AASLD name and logo or failure to comply with the post-approval oversight information outlined above will result in future applications being deemed ineligible.