It is the policy of AASLD to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually or jointly sponsored educational programs.
All faculty/authors participating in any AASLD sponsored programs, as well as planners and committee members, are expected to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing medical education program. (SCS 2.1)
Individuals that refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a planning committee member, a teacher, or an author of CME, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation or evaluation of the CME activity. (SCS 2.2)
Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Faculty is asked to use generic names to contribute to this impartiality. If trade names are used, those of several companies should be used rather than only that of a single company. (SCS 5.2)
The following disclosure information will be provided to learners prior to program implementation:
- The name of the individual
- The name of the commercial interest(s)
- The nature of the relationship the person has with each commercial interest (SCS 6.1)
For individuals with no relevant financial relationship(s) the learners will be informed that no relevant financial relationship(s) exist. (SCS 6.2)
The source of all support from commercial interests will be disclosed to learners. When commercial support is 'in-kind' the nature of the support will be disclosed to learners. (SCS 6.3)
'Disclosure' must never include the use of a trade name or a product-group message. (SCS 6.4)
All disclosure information will be provided to learners prior to the beginning of the educational activity. (SCS 6.5)
AASLD, as a CME provider, expects all faculty presentations be compliant with the ACCME content validation statements:
- All recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
- All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
- All recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing medicine discussed in a CME activity must be within the definition of CME and must not be known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.