What types of financial relationships need to be disclosed to the accredited provider by persons in control of the content of a CME activity?

Last Revised: 
February 16, 2017

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, 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 ownership, 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.

The ACCME has not set a minimum dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship.

With respect to personal financial relationships, contracted research includes research funding where the institution gets the grant and manages the funds and the person is the principal or named investigator on the grant.

Note: Standard 2.1 requires the disclosure of relevant financial relationships.  Providers may choose to collect all financial relationships from an individual, and make the decision which would be relevant to the content of the activity, or, they may ask the person disclosing to limit their disclosures to those which are relevant to the content of the activity.

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