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 Planners, Program Chairs, Moderators, Panelists, and Presenters) and abstract authors are expected to fully disclose all financial relationships with an ACCME defined commercial interest during the past 12 months. An ACCME defined commercial interest is “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care 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 education 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 the presentation.
Faculty and Abstract author disclosures from The Liver Meeting® (TLM®) will be made available to attendees prior to the event. Disclosures will be made available to learners prior to the event.
COI Review, Management, and Resolution
AASLD, in collaboration with TLM® Program Chairs and Planning Committees will review all faculty and abstract presenter disclosures prior to the meeting. Any potential conflicts of interest (COI) will be managed and resolved prior to the preparation of the presentations.
All faculty member disclosures will be made available to learners in advance of the meeting in a variety of ways including but not limited to the TLM® Online Planner, The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ Event Platform and will also be included as the first slide of each presenter’s presentation.
CME Content Validation
Accredited providers are responsible for ensuring that their education is fair and balanced and that any clinical content presented supports safe, effective patient care. The AASLD follows the ACCME’s Standard on Ensuring Content is Valid.
- All recommendations for patient care in accredited continuing education must be based on current science, evidence, and clinical reasoning, while giving a fair and balanced view of diagnostic and therapeutic options.
- All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in accredited education in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
- Although accredited continuing education is an appropriate place to discuss, debate, and explore new and evolving topics, these areas need to be clearly identified as such within the program and individual presentations. It is the responsibility of accredited providers to facilitate engagement with these topics without advocating for, or promoting, practices that are not, or not yet, adequately based on current science, evidence, and clinical reasoning.
- Organizations cannot be accredited if they advocate for unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or if their education promotes recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.
Glossary of Terms
Commercial Interest: An ACCME defined commercial interest is “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients”.
Financial Conflict of Interest: The ACCME considers financial relationships to create conflicts of interest in CME when individuals have both a financial relationship with an eligible company and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that eligible company. The potential for maintaining or increasing the value of the financial relationship with the eligible company creates an incentive to influence the content of the CME—an incentive to insert commercial bias.
Financial Relationships: The ACCME requires anyone in control of CME content to disclose relevant financial relationships to the accredited provider. Individuals must also include in their disclosure the relevant financial relationships of a spouse or partner. The ACCME defines relevant financial relationships as financial relationships in any amount that create a conflict of interest and that occurred in the twelve-month period preceding the time that the individual was asked to assume a role controlling the content of the CME activity. The ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount—any amount, regardless of how small, creates the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefits. 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.
Relevant Financial Relationships: The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.