Can faculty take an active role in the provider's mechanism(s) to resolve conflicts of interest?

Last Revised: 
November 11, 2011

Yes . Resolving conflicts of interest means individuals taking explicit actions prior to the educational activity to create CME content that is valid and free of commercial bias -- even in the presence of relevant financial relationships. In the construct of the current CME system, the development and presentation of CME content is most often the responsibility of teachers/authors. Therefore, the ACCME considers teachers/authors to be a part of the accredited provider. So, when the provider directs teachers/authors to take actions to assist in the identification and resolution of conflict of interest, a provider's mechanism is being implemented. The provider might then monitor the effectiveness of the actions taken by the teachers/authors to resolve conflicts of interest. Keep in mind that simply monitoring the CME content at the time of presentation is not and cannot be the resolution mechanism.

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