Code of Conduct
- Members should strive to improve the care and advance the health of their patients, advance medical knowledge and demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism.
- Members shall comply with all AASLD policies including but not limited to AASLD bylaws and AASLD code of conduct, as well as all laws, government regulations and requirements of other bodies governing the member on account of his or her professional status.
- All research will be conducted in accordance with the member’s institutional regulations and federal laws related to animal and human research and comply with the highest standards for the ethical treatment of animals and humans in research.
- All research reported by members will comply with the rules of authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (1997).
- All potential conflicts of interest that may potentially bias the conduct and/or reporting of the research must be disclosed by all members.
- Members will use AASLD resources/logo for the benefit of AASLD and not for personal gain. Thus, members will not:
- Use AASLD employees to perform services for a company/organization that the member has ownership interests in or receives remuneration from.
- Engage in unauthorized use of AASLD resources to support an independent entity in which the member holds a financial or other interest.
- Use AASLD resources for personal use.
- Use the imprimatur of AASLD or one's relationship to AASLD to develop business and professional relationships that only benefit the individual.
- Influence negotiation of contracts between AASLD and other entities that the member has ownership of or direct/indirect financial relationships with.
- Interfere with the audit process of AASLD finances or attempt to influence the annual independent audit report.
- Members shall disclose any relationships that pose or could be construed to pose potential conflict of interest such as relationships which may affect or appear to affect Association activities and decisions.
The relationships, rights, responsibilities, and obligations of AASLD members, officers, Governing Board, and committees are described.
Conflict of Interest
The AASLD Code for the Assessment and Management of Conflict of Interest was adopted by the Governing Board in October 2010. The AASLD Ethics Committee will evaluate and adjudicate conflicts of interest for the society and will recommend appropriate mechanisms for managing conflicts to the Governing Board for its approval and enforcement.
To Whom it applies:
- Members of governing board, committees, and task forces
- Officers of central office
- Editors and Associate Editors
- Web Advisors
- Clinical practice guidelines committee and writing group members
What constitutes a potential conflict:
Conflicts of interest are defined as any circumstances that create a risk that professional judgments or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest. Primary interests are those associated with the stated mission of the AASLD. Secondary interests may be financial or non-financial in nature. (e.g. intellectual conflict of interest, membership in other organizations, or institutional or corporate associations).
Disclosure forms and reporting:
AASLD has approved two disclosure forms for use by members serving in the following roles:
Reporting of conflicts will be requested annually, before assuming a role, and whenever there is a change.
AASLD, through the Ethics Committee, will manage conflicts of interest in a variety of ways. This may include disclosure alone, or other conflict of interest management mechanisms such as recusal, divestiture or AASLD-independent review.
Use of AASLD's Insignia, Name, and Address
The Association's insignia (logo) is a registered trademark and the property of AASLD. The insignia can be used only as designated and approved by the Association.
- The Association's affiliate organizations may imprint or affix the Association's insignia on or to stationery, publications, documents, and other materials produced by the affiliate organizations, provided that:
- Any such use of the insignia is approved by the Association and by the Executive Director of AASLD; and
- A copy or sample of any such material produced by the affiliate groups for public relations or public information is sent to the Association for informational purposes.
- The Association's affiliates may also imprint or affix the Association's full name on or to stationery, publications, documents, and other materials produced by the affiliates, provided that:
- Any such use of the Association's name is approved by the Association and by the Executive Director of AASLD; and
- A copy or sample of any such material produced by the affiliated group for public relations or public information is sent to the Association for informational purposes.
Individual members may not display the Association insignia in advertisements of their professional services or in material promoting the study of liver diseases. Affiliates and individual members having inquiries about the use of the Association's insignia, name, and address not covered in this policy should direct their inquiries to the Executive Director of AASLD.
AASLD is the sole owner of the following registered trademarks, preventing other entities from using the same or similar marks in connection with similar goods or services:
- American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
- AASLD and Logo
- Liver Transplantation
- The Liver Meeting®
Membership Mailing Lists
The following categories of organizations are eligible to use the mailing list of AASLD:
- Commercial organizations whose products are eligible for advertising in HEPATOLOGY and/or Liver Transplantation.
- Nonprofit philanthropic organizations such as recognized and accredited schools and national foundations.
- Recognized and reputable health organizations.
The following conditions are stipulated and must be agreed to in writing by the person or organization wishing to use the list:
- The content of all materials to be included in a mailing must be submitted to the Executive Director of AASLD, and only material approved by the Executive Director or his/her designee may be included in the mailing. This procedure and that in Condition 2 below serve only to protect the name and reputation of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and its good relationships with its members. AASLD will not under any circumstances use these procedures to participate in business or marketing efforts of the mailing entity.
- There may be no reference to the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in the mailing without prior written consent of AASLD, and under no circumstances may a commercial organization make references to AASLD in its mailing information. The exception to this would be:
- Reprints of articles that appeared in the official publications of AASLD and obtained through the auspices of the AASLD, and
- Exhibitors mailing pre- or post-meeting materials.
- Users of the list must enter into a rental agreement with AASLD prior to receipt of the list. Upon approval, this agreement grants the use of mailing information only -- email addresses and phone numbers are not included in the rental fee.
- Exhibitors at the AASLD Annual Meeting or the DDW Meeting may receive, at advertiser rates, AASLD's mailing list. Reference to the meeting may be included in the mailing piece.
- Use of the AASLD logo is prohibited.
Member Information Website Publication Policy
Contact information of AASLD members may be posted on the public section of the web site as information for the public seeking a hepatologist, provided express permission is given by the individual members.
Information contained within the AASLD Membership directory both in print and online is intended for the express reference purposes of AASLD members. The information cannot be copied or reproduced in any fashion including photocopying or screen captures of pages, electronic scanning of pages or keying of information into a seperate database or file. Should an outside entity want to contact AASLD members, they will be directed to pursue the rental of our membership list as referenced above.
AASLD collects and utilizes different kinds of information from users of the AASLD website. Like most websites, AASLD uses "cookies" for several legitimate purposes. These include remembering user IDs and passwords and differentiating between repeat and new users. It is the policy of AASLD that data generated by cookies will be used for internal purposes only (e.g., to improve the site and site-related services for users). The data compiled via cookies is considered confidential and will not be sold to entities outside of the organization.
We may ask for your address, phone number and/or email address when you place an order for an AASLD product or service, when you complete a survey, register for a conference, apply for membership, or on other occasions. In each case, our objective is to have your contact information so that we can serve you better.
From time to time, we may use your address, phone number or email address to provide you with updates and other information that we think may be of interest to you.
We collect the email addresses of those who communicate with us via email and for those who register for certain sections of the site. We do not currently sell any email addresses to any third party. We may aggregate information on what pages users access. AASLD uses this information to enhance our online offerings, information and services.
We also collect information volunteered by users, such as survey information and/or site registrations. This information is kept confidential by AASLD and, again, is used for internal purposes.
AASLD undertakes reasonable efforts to ensure that all personally identifiable information collected on our site remains secure. AASLD staff is trained to treat member and customer information confidentially.