Genomics Education Meeting Includes ACCME Presentation on Independence

May 29, 2014
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Tamar Hosansky

Genomics Meeting Discusses Standards for Commercial Support

Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, gave a presentation at a meeting of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC), held in April in Washington, DC. He described the ACCME’s approach for ensuring that accredited CME is effective in supporting physicians’ improvement in practice, based on valid content, and independent of commercial influence. He explained how the Standards for Commercial Support ℠: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities (SCS) provide a framework for preventing commercial bias by requiring the disclosure of relevant financial relationships and the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest.

The ACCME is a member of the ISCC. Dr. Singer’s participation in the meeting is part of the ACCME’s ongoing support of the initiative led by the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, to improve the integration of genomics into health professionals’ practice.