Commercial Policies

HAAD Standards for Commercial Support of CME/CPD Activities

The CME/CPD section at HAAD is committed to keep all Continuing Education activities free of commercial interest. To avoid any commercial bias, the CME/CPD section maintains absolute control over all CME/CPD activities and makes sure HAAD guidelines and Standards for Commercial Support of
CME/CPD are adhered to prior to any activity being awarded Category 1 Credit. All records are maintained in the CME/CPD office. The CME/CPD section at HAAD adopts the ACCME standards for CME Commercial Support. Compliance with this process; forms and justification as appropriate are required as part of the CME process.

Each faculty member and CME planner should review this policy and the other documentation (faculty disclosure form & letter of agreement with commercial support) through the CME process, and through consultation with the CME/CPD section.

The CME/CPD section will accept educational grants from commercial companies for continuing medical education and continuing professional development (CME/CPD) activities under the following guidelines:

  • All commercially supported activities are for scientific and educational purposes only and are not to promote any company’s products directly or indirectly.
  • The CME/CPD activity planners will be responsible for control of all content and selection of presenters and moderators.
  • The CME/CPD activity content will not be influenced by the supporting company or its agents.
  • No promotional activities or product advertisements will be permitted in the same room or obligate pathway immediately before, during or after the educational activity.
  • The presenter(s) will disclose limitations of data, such as ongoing research, analysis, preliminary data or unsupported opinion.
  • Support from the commercial company must be in the form of an educational grant made payable to the CME/CPD activity planners. Grant support may never be made payable to any presenter / moderator. The provider will negotiate all payment arrangements with the presenter/moderator.
  • A commercial company representative and the CME Coordinator or designee must sign the official form called Letter of Agreement.
  • HAAD Standards for Commercial Support of CME/CPD Activities
  • Publicity for the activity will include statements that it has been supported by a commercial company and the company name, not a product, will be mentioned.
  • At the time of the meeting, there will be full disclosure either verbally or in writing of each company providing a grant.
  • There will not be any commercial exhibits, booths or other give-aways such as pens, pads, etc.
  • allowed at any time in the meeting room.
  • Each participant will be asked to evaluate if the activity is free from commercial bias.

The CME/CPD section, in reviewing the CME/CPD Evaluation Summary report and/or monitoring report will discuss the speakers’ compliance with commercial support guidelines. In part, this consideration shall be based on the monitoring report or whether 10% or more of participants indicate there was commercial bias in the presentation, which will be interpreted as non-compliance with these guidelines.
In the event an activity has been determined to be non-compliant, letters shall be sent to the activity planner and the faculty of speakers informing them of the findings of the CME/CPD section. HAAD has the authority to withhold or withdraw an organizer’s/speaker’s privilege to designate activities for HAAD Category 1 Credit. Decisions may be appealed to the CME/CPD section at HAAD. The speakers and/or the planners shall not be considered for future CME activities. The period of ineligibility will be linked directly to the degree of violations

CME/CPD Policies for Commercial Support