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AASLD is an accredited provider of continuing medical education and adheres to the policies and standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). As such, all faculty members (including Program Chairs, panelists, moderators and speakers) and abstract authors are required to disclose relationships with commercial interests. A commercial interest is defined as "any entity developing, producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients."

To ensure compliance, AASLD expects that all program content and related materials will promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest or commercial bias.

AASLD staff and program committees reserve the right to change an abstract if the use of a trade name may be mistaken for commercial propaganda and may replace proprietary names with generic names. Logos promoting a commercial interest will be removed from any and all slides before presentation.

COI Review, Management and Resolution

AASLD, in collaboration with The Liver Meeting® Program Chairs and Planning Committees will review all faculty and abstract presenter disclosures prior to the meeting. Any potential conflicts of interest will be managed via the following:

  • Slide Review* one – two months prior to the meeting.
  • Slide Review* as noted above, with an onsite audit of the presentation at the meeting.

*Presenters must comply with requests to submit their slides one – two months prior to the meeting. Any slides not received may result in the removal of your presentation from the program. At the conclusion of the slide review, presenters may be asked to alter the content of their presentation to ensure balance and eliminate any perception(s) of commercial bias.

All disclosures will appear in the Final Program and as the first slide of each presentation.

CME Content Validation

AASLD follows the ACCME policy on content validation for CME activities which requires:

  • All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  • All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.