IDSA, in accordance with Joint Accreditation requirements and ACCME’s new Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an accredited educational activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies (those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients). The ACCME defines financial relationships as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 24 months that exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company.
Faculty are required to either disclose financial relationships (name of ineligible company and nature of relationship) and include a statement that all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated or indicate that there are no relevant financial relationships. Disclosure to learners must not include ineligible companies’ corporate or product logos, trade names, or product group messages.
IDSA is responsible for ensuring that all CE-accredited activities are fair and balanced, and any clinical content presented supports safe, effective patient care. IDSA must also ensure all decisions related to the planning, faculty selection, delivery, and evaluation of accredited education are free from commercial bias and made without any influence or involvement from the owners and employees of an ineligible company.