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An important part of FCM’s process to protect the integrity of accredited continuing education (CE) is determining when those who can control the content of CE have financial relationships that would allow them to insert commercial bias or influence into the education. We take steps to prevent all those with relevant financial relationships from inserting commercial bias into content. This is called mitigation.
CONSIDER EVERYONE WHO CAN CONTROL THE CONTENT
Review financial relationship disclosures before those who can control the content of accredited continuing education assume their role. This includes:
EXCLUDE OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES
First we exclude owners and employees of ineligible companies from controlling content or participating as planners or faculty in accredited continuing education.
Owners and employees of ineligible companies have a legal duty to act in their company’s best interests. They are considered to have unresolvable financial relationships and must not be allowed to influence of control planning, delivery or evaluation of accredited CE.
3 EXCEPTIONS THAT ALLOW OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE AS PLANNERS OR FACULTY
IS THE FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP RELATED TO THE CONTENT
Determine if the educational content the person can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company with whom they have a financial relationships.
Would the person’s role in the CE activity allow them to insert commercial bias into the content?
Is the content of the CE activity that the person can control related to the products or business lines of the ineligible company?
MITIGATE RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
Before a person assumes their role in the CE activity, take steps to mitigate by preventing all those with relevant financial relationships from inserting commercial bias into the content.
PLANNERS AND REVIEWERS
Making decisions related to the scope and direction of the content, educational goals, identification of practice gaps and needs, selecting speakers, authors, reviewers. If a planner or reviewer discloses a financial relationship, here are options that can be considered to mitigate the relationship.
FACULTY, TEACHERS, AUTHORS
This is teaching, writing, producing and delivering education
DISCLOSE TO LEARNERS
Before learners engage in the accredited CE, disclose all relevant financial relationships to learners
Disclosure to learners includes: