Presenter Disclosures

Presenter Disclosure Information is also be accessible from the ACC.16 App and the Online Program Planner.

View presenter disclosures for past ACC Scientific Session conferences by expanding the accordions below.

  ACC.16 Presenter Disclosures

View disclosures for the ACC.16 Program Committee, Reviewers and Presenters.

 
  ACC.15 Presenter Disclosures

Presenter Disclosure Information for ACC.15 can be downloaded here, or accessed from the ACC.15 App or the Online Program Planner.

 
  ACC.14 Presenter Disclosures

ACC.14 Disclosure Policy

Faculty/Planners/ACCF Staff
As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. Planner(s) and faculty participating in a sponsored activity are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial interests or other relationships he/she or a member of their immediate family may have (1) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity. ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in sponsored educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the credited activity.

Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy

Faculty/Planners/ACCF Staff
ACCF assesses conflict of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE-credited activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members and/or peer review of content by independent, non-ACC-affiliated clinicians, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

ACCF also requires that all faculty disclose their intent to discuss any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs and/or devices during their presentations.

View the disclosures for all persons who influenced the content of ACC.14 and TCT @ ACC-i2. Faculty are also required to display a slide, post the information, or announce verbally their complete disclosure information at the time of the presentation. View the full list of ACC.14 and TCT@ACC-i2 Faculty and Presenter Disclosures.

 
  ACC.13 Presenter Disclosures

ACC.13 Disclosure Policy

Faculty/Planners/ACCF Staff
As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. Planner(s) and faculty participating in a sponsored activity are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial interests or other relationships he/she or a member of their immediate family may have (1) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity. ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in sponsored educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the credited activity.

Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy

Faculty/Planners/ACCF Staff
ACCF assesses conflict of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE-credited activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members and/or peer review of content by independent, non-ACC-affiliated clinicians, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

ACCF also requires that all faculty disclose their intent to discuss any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs and/or devices during their presentations.

View the disclosures for all persons who influenced the content of ACC.13 and TCT @ ACC-i2. Faculty are also required to display a slide, post the information, or announce verbally their complete disclosure information at the time of the presentation. View the full list of ACC.13 and TCT@ACC-i2 Faculty and Presenter Disclosures.

 
  ACC.12 Presenter Disclosures

ACC.12 Disclosure of Financial Relationships

Joint Conflict of Interest (COI) and Relationship with Industry (RWI) Policies of the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

ACCF/CRF require and collect disclosure of relationships with industry (RWI) from all individuals who are in a position to control or influence educational content. This is done annually in conjunction with all of ACC’s meetings and educational offerings for which CME/CNE/CPE is offered (including the annual ACC Scientific Session) and all of CRF’s meetings and educational offerings for which CME is offered (including TCT, CRF’s major annual educational event). All individuals involved in directing, planning, and delivering educational content for ACCF and CRF (course directors, planning committee members, faculty, staff, etc) are required to submit RWI disclosures prior to participation; otherwise their participation in the event is precluded. If disclosure of RWI information is not already on file at the inception of a new activity, that information is collected at confirmation of individual participation. This information is also confirmed and updated prior to the development of each CME/CNE activity to ensure that the most up-to-date information is collected and available. Likewise, nonphysician staff are required to complete RWI Disclosure Declaration forms.

ACCF requires that all faculty disclose their intent to discuss any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs and/or devices during their presentations.

COI (RWI) Declaration
The online Required Faculty Disclosure Declaration form requires each individual to identify financial relationships that he or she and/or his or her spouse or partner have had with any organization within the preceding 12 months or that is anticipated in the next 12 months that could be perceived as a relevant conflict of interest. Any individual who does not complete the form is not permitted to participate; this includes course director(s) and planners (who are then excluded from planning the activity) as well as faculty. For a live activity, each faculty is required to check-in upon arrival; and faculty who have not completed their RWI declarations are not allowed to enter the CME/CNE/CPE activity. For enduring activities, the CME/CNE/CPE product is not published, either online or in print, until all declarations are completed.

COI Resolution
Director(s) and planning committee members are required to complete the COI Resolution form prior to content development. In the event that a conflict of interest exists, the activity content is reviewed by course director(s), planning committee members, CME/CNE/CPE committee members, or designees who do not have conflicts of interest.

Speakers, Presenters, Moderators, Panelists and Live Case Operators who have declared a COI or RWI are required to complete a COI Resolution form online to agree that their conflict(s) will be resolved by any mechanisms recommended by ACCF/CRF including one or more of the following:

  1. Confirming that no patient care recommendations will be made to the learners regarding the use of drugs or devices from companies with which they have a financial relationship
  2. Confirming that if patient recommendations will be made to the learners regarding the use of drugs or devices from companies with which they have a financial relationship, the conflict will need to be resolved (see next paragraph)
  3. Submitting an alternate resolution of the conflict that is then reviewed by the CME/CNE/CPE Committee, course director(s) and/or planning committee, and if acceptable, approved
  4. Recommending an alternate speaker
  5. Agreeing to divest themselves of the financial relationship

Upon receipt of the COI Resolution form, the course director(s), planning committee members, or CME/CNE/CPE committee members or their designees review each COI Resolution form to determine the course of action, if any, necessary to resolve the conflict. Possible conflict resolution mechanisms, based on the educational design of the program, include using a variety of approaches including, but not limited to:

  1. Prior knowledge of speakers’ presentation history (for example, in the past has the individual participated in unbiased presentations, discussions, published literature, etc)
  2. Knowledge of content and its relevance to the financial relationships
  3. Interview with speakers
  4. Slide peer review
  5. Abstract peer review
  6. Replacing the presenter

For ACCF and TCT annual scientific sessions where presentations number in the thousands, a committee is formed to review all faculty financial relationships to determine whether slide review is necessary; if so, slides are reviewed prior to presentation and, when necessary, changes are recommended and implemented up to and including presenter replacement.

Effective July 2010, in response to an ACCME update, sessions with industry employee speakers are allowed to be certified under the following circumstances:

  1. If the content of the session DOES NOT relate to the business lines and products of the industry employer
  2. The presentation is about the scientific or discovery process itself
  3. The presentation is about products that have not yet entered the clinical arena (including products that are under investigation) at the level of biology or physics – but not about products
  4. Presentation slides are submitted at least 2 weeks before the start of the CME/CNE/CPE activity, and the presenter agrees in advance to any and all modifications requested by the CME/CNE/CPE committee

View the ACC.12 and ACC-i2 with TCT Program Committee Disclosures and the Presenter and Reviewer Disclosures.

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