Policy on Acceptance and Disclosure of External Funds
The Board of the AACH recognizes that external funds may be an important source of support for enhancing the number and breadth of educational programs that we offer, and may help reduce financial barriers to participation. The Board is also very mindful of the potential for conflicts of interest to arise, regardless of whether the source of funding is a commercial corporation, a nonprofit foundation, or a government entity. Conflicts of interest are common and not by themselves unethical, but if not handled appropriately they can harm the reputations of the Academy, its individual members, and its donors. With these considerations in mind, the Board establishes the following policy regarding acceptance and disclosure of external funds.
- The AACH may receive funds from commercial, nonprofit and government sources to support educational programs that contribute directly to fulfilling the Academy's mission. (Note that this policy does not address funding for research projects.)
- The AACH must retain full control over educational content, teaching materials, speaker selection and all other aspects of any program that is supported partially or fully by external funding.
- The Board Vice President serving as the liaison to the planning committee of the AACH course or program shall provide guidance before accepting any external funds. Non-profit supporter applications will be reviewed and accepted/denied by the applicable Board Vice President. For-profit supporter applications will be reviewed and accepted/denied by the Executive Committee. Any questions, challenges or disputes that arise over the appropriateness of a given source of external funding for a given program shall be referred to the AACH Executive Committee which shall have ultimate authority for deciding such matters.
- Decisions regarding distribution of materials and participation of representatives of funding organizations shall be made by the Board Vice President serving as the liaison to the planning committee of each program (1) in accordance with this policy and (2) with principal regard for maintaining the quality and integrity of the program and the participants' experience. Any questions, challenges or disputes about the appropriateness of materials or participation by representatives shall be referred to the Executive Committee, which shall have ultimate authority for deciding such matters.
- The AACH will disclose all sources of external financial support in the form of an acknowledgment in writing (e.g.: on the program brochure or cover page of program handouts).
- A report listing the amount and source of all supporter funding received by the Academy will be included in the AACH's monthly financial report. Any AACH member may, upon request, receive a comprehensive listing of supporters and the amount of support for a program or course.
- The Academy will adhere to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support to ensure independence in CME activities.
*A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.
- All materials and content must be pre-approved by AACH and the accrediting institution.
- Educational content cannot be influenced or altered by the supporter.
Amended 12/14, 1/15, 10/15