Criterion 07: #75113

Finding: 
Noncompliance
Published Date: 
May 19, 2015

The accredited provider uses employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests as members of a CME committee that determines topics and speakers for accredited CME activities related to the products of their employer(s). In its Performance-in-Practice materials, the provider shows that it identifies relevant financial relationships for members of the CME committee and manages conflicts of interest using several strategies (e.g., peer-review of content, recusal from discussions related to their financial relationships). The identification and resolution of conflicts of interest (Standard 2 of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support) is not a valid mechanism to ensure independence, as employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests cannot control the content of CME activities related to the business lines and products of their employer, per Standard 1.

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