SCCT conflict of interest procedure:
All individuals with potential influence or control of content must complete a SCCT Disclosure Form prior to the educational activity or participation in another role as a condition of invitation and acceptance to participate.
1. Program application and disclosure forms of Activity Director(s) and/or Planning Committee Members are reviewed by the SCCT CME Committee.
2. An independent and unbiased assessment of content will be documented by one of the following methods to identify and resolve conflicts of interest (COIs):
- content review by the program planning committee consisting of a least one faculty member without the same commercial interests,
- members of the Education and CME Committee not participating,
- review of comprehensive questionnaire completed by speakers, activity director, planning committee members, and others involved in the development of content as a confirmation of conflict of interests,
- content review by an independent faculty expert in the discipline without commercial interests,
- evidence-based medicine documentation or grounded in other accepted literature databases, • proof of National Faculty Education Initiative (NFEI) certification if a Speaker's Bureau relationship is disclosed or other relationships are present which may indicate further resolution is needed, and
- other review methods with prior SCCT approval,
3. Disclosures of all individuals participating in the educational activity will be made known to the audience as required by the ACCME® in addition to a disclosure by SCCT that any COIs have been resolved with independence and without bias.
4. Speakers will be required to have a disclosure slide (1st or 2nd slide) identifying commercial relationships and/or interests in addition to any discussion of off-label use. (SCCT will provide individuals with the required disclosure slide format.)
5. The audience will provide validation of absence of bias and COI for each speaker by the following summative methods: • Activity Evaluations • Post-activity survey or outcomes activity
SCCT financial relationship disclosure policy:
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As a provider approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) requires written, signed disclosure of the existence of relevant financial relationships with industry from any individual in a position to control the content of a CME activity sponsored by SCCT. Individuals who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships or refuse to attest to the statements at the end of this form will be disqualified from all aspects of associated CME activities.
SCCT Disclosure Statement and Policy
The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to SCCT, learners, and program participants any and all relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occured within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. Financial relationships are defined by remuneration in any amount from the commercial interest(s) in the form of grants; research support; consulting fees; salary; ownership interest (eg, stocks, stock options, or ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds); honoraria, or other payments for participation in speakers' bureaus, advisory boards, or boards of directors; or other financial delivering of content, but rather to provide learners with information that allows them to make their own judgement of whether these financial relationships may have influenced the educational activity with regard to exposition or conclusion.
SCCT will review all disclosures and resolve or manage all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.
SCCT policy for indentifying and resolving conflicts of interest (COI) for CME educational activities
2. Resolution of personal conflicts of interest
3. Appropriate use of commercial support
4. Appropriate management of associated commercial promotion
5. Content and format without commercial bias
6. Disclosures relevant to potential commercial bias
The ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support (SCS) underscore continued voluntary regulation by the CME community, ensuring that physicians have opportunities to engage in commercially unbiased life¬long learning facilitated by accredited providers. The purpose of this policy is two-¬fold:
1. to establish guidelines and a mechanism for identifying and resolving conflicts of interest in CME educational activities as required by Standard 2 (see below), and
2. to be consistent with SCCT's policy for resolving conflicts of commitment and interest. Regardless of role, disclosure forms for SCCT faculty and staff participating in a CME activity will be forwarded to the SCCT CME Committee for review.
Standard 2: Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest in the Standards for Commercial Support requires the following of ACCME® accredited providers—
1. Documenting that everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity has disclosed to the provider all financial relationships with any commercial interests in any amount within the past 12 months that creates a conflict of interest (ACCME® SCS 2.1)
2. Disqualifying of individuals who do not disclose from participating in a CME education activity. (ACCME® SCS 2.2)
3. Identifying and resolving all conflicts of interest prior to the educational activity. (ACCME® SCS 2.3)
Terms as defined by the ACCME®
The ACCME® defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME® does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit www.accme.org.
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. 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. ACCME® considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Relevant financial relationships
ACCME® focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME® has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME® defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
Conflict of Interest
Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
SCCT policy for identifying and resolving conflicts of interest for CME educational activities
Consequences of non-adherence to the SCCT Policy consist of:
- Disqualified from speaking/participating if no disclosure form is completed (ACCME® SCS 2.2)
- Warning letter if the activity evaluation by the audience indicates conflicts are present and requirement to take the National Faculty Education Initiative (NFEI) online training session . Documentation of participating must be proved by SCCT within 30 days of receipt of a letter. (1st occurrence).
- Not invited to speak or participate in any other role in a SCCT CME certified educational activity. (2nd occurrence).