Criterion 7: #164979
The provider allowed employees of a pharmaceutical company to teach in sessions related to their firms’ products. Because the companies were based outside the US, the provider thought it would not impact the independence of its activities.
Rationale: The expectations of independence articulated in the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities, along with definitions related to the Standards do not differentiate between companies located in or outside of the US, nor do they differentiate between products sold in or outside the US. The allowance of teachers who were employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests violated the expectations of SCS1.