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CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE POLICY

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure & Resolution Policy
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). 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.


SPEAKER POLICIES

SPEAKER COMPENSATION POLICY
Speaker compensation has been determined by ACNS policy as follows for the Annual Meeting. Session Directors are responsible for ensuring that speakers in their sessions are aware of and agree to the following policy.

In appreciation of their participation, ACNS is pleased to extend to Annual Meeting speakers:

  • Complimentary Annual Meeting registration (a $400 value). Speakers must log in to registration site to complete their registration. The registration site will recognize them by their email address and will allow speakers to complete their registration. If an Annual Meeting speaker would like to attend any of the Annual Courses scheduled on Wednesday, February 10 - the morning of Friday, February 12, there will be additional registration fees associated.
  • In addition, as a condition of meeting all the deadlines set forth in the Planning Timeline, ACNS will cover the cost of one night’s stay at the headquarters hotel, the Hilton Austin, per eligible talk up to a maximum of three (3) nights. Speakers are responsible for booking their own reservations at the HQ hotel within the ACNS group block. Rooms booked at other hotels, through a third party vendor or outside of the ACNS group block will not be reimbursed as part of the the incentive.
Travel expenses will not be reimbursed and and they will be at the responsibility of the speaker.
Eligible talk – presentations of 30 minutes or more, panel participation not eligible for incentive
 
SPEAKER COMPLIANCE WITH DEADLINES
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 slides from speakers reporting COI         January 14, 2021
Annual Meeting speakers - Slides required for CME review, speaker ready room. Handouts are not provided.
Speakers who successfully meet all deadlines set forth here are eligible for the “deadline incentive” detailed in the ACNS Speaker Compensation Policy above.
 
SPEAKER COMPLIANCE WITH CME POLICIES, STANDARDS
Speakers in ACNS educational activities are expected to comply with all ACCME and ACNS policies and standards related to independence of education from commercial influence.
Speakers found to be in violation of any policy or standard shall:
  • Upon first offense – Receive a warning letter, explaining the violation and future action if repeated;
  • Upon second offense – Receive a one-year suspension from speaking in all ACNS educational activities; and
  • Upon a third offense – Receive a multi-year suspension from speaking in all ACNS educational activities.
Last updated: July 23, 2020