Is disclosure of commercial support different than disclosure of financial relationships?

Last Revised: 
November 11, 2011

Yes. Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity. This is money given to the provider to support the activity. In contrast, financial relationships are between an individual being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity and a commercial interest and occur outside of the CME activity (e.g. a teacher or author of participating in a CME activity is paid by a commercial interest to speak). Accredited Providers are required to disclose both the commercial support received in support of an activity as well as financial relationships of anyone in a position to control content (such as authors, teachers, and planners) to the learners prior to the activity.

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