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In accordance with the ACCME's Updated Standards for Commercial Support, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society requires that anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity discloses all financial relationships with any commercial interest (defined below). Relationships with governmental agencies (e.g., the NIH) and organizations that do not make or own FDA-regulated drugs or devices do not have to be disclosed. If an individual has received honoraria (or fee-for-service) or consulting funds from a CME provider, even though those funds may have been provided through an educational grant from a commercial interest, they do not have to disclose those honoraria or fees.

Should it be determined that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship, individuals will be contacted and methods to resolve the conflict will be discussed.

Failure to provide disclosure information in a timely manner, refusal to disclose a conflict, or the inability to resolve an identified conflict will result in disqualification from this activity, at the discretion of the ACNS CME Committee.

A Financial Relationship is a relationship 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.

A Commercial Interest is any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients, with the exception of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

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.

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.


Speaker Compensation has been determined by ACNS policy as follows for the Annual Courses. Course Directors are responsible for ensuring that the agenda they have proposed adheres to the following policies:

Annual Course speakers will receive complimentary registration to any Annual Course (this does not apply to Annual Meeting Sessions which are held Friday-Sunday), which includes the option to claim CME credit, for the course in which they are presenting. Speakers must register for any additional Annual Courses and pay for the Annual Meeting if they choose to attend.

Deadline incentive* = 1 hotel night in the ACNS group block at the conference hotel the Hilton Austin per eligible talk
Speakers who successfully meet all deadlines set forth in their invitations are eligible for the “deadline incentive” detailed in the ACNS Speaker Compensation Policy. Speakers are responsible for booking their own reservation at the host hotel the Hilton Austin in the ACNS group block. Rooms booked at other hotels, through a third party vendor or outside of the ACNS group block are not eligible for the incentive.
*Deadline incentive - available to speakers who meet all deadlines set forth in their invitations.
Eligible talk – presentations of 30 minutes or more, panel participation not eligible for incentive
Speakers are expected to comply with deadlines set forth in their speaking invitations as follows:
Acceptance of speaking invitation                                         As set forth in speaker invitation
Completion of COI Disclosure Form                                      As set forth in speaker invitation
Submission of presentation outline/abstract from speakers reporting COI                 January 7, 2021

Submission of presentation handout                                     January 14, 2021

Submission of presentation slides for speaker ready room   February 5, 2021

Travel expenses will not be reimbursed and will be the responsibility of the speaker. Exceptions must be approved by both the Course and Executive Committees.


Last updated: June 22, 2020