Extracted from Guidelines for Commercial Support (PDF) (Please read carefully for detailed information)
The European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) recognizes the important contribution of the healthcare industry to continuing medical education (CME). In recent years, however, the impact of promotional information on the content of CME activities has received increasing attention.
EBAC believes that it is necessary to adopt a principled but balanced approach that will guarantee unbiased CME as well as promote and enhance cooperation with the healthcare industry for the benefit of physicians, and in turn their patients.
Although the objective of EBAC is to preserve the integrity of the medical profession in relation to CME and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), it also recognizes the rights of the pharmaceutical and equipment/device industries as business entities to represent their own interests. EBAC wishes to avoid conflicts of interest between the medical profession and the industry.
EBAC believes in the ethical conduct of those involved in organizing medical education, and the following guidelines are meant to be a formal expression of the principles already well known to and accepted by the above mentioned parties.
Exhibits and promotion
When commercial exhibits are part of the CME activity, arrangements for the commercial exhibition shall not influence planning or interfere with the presentation of the CME activity.
No promotional activities should be held in the CME course room. The only form of promotion permitted is the acknowledgement that the company has contributed to the educational programme by a grant.
Separately sponsored sessions
EBAC does not accredit separately sponsored sessions taking place during the break(s) of the main program of a one day or multi-day conference, and which are not part of the main program (“satellite symposium”/ “sponsored session”/ “sponsored educational session”/…).
The same applies if such symposia do not take place during a break but occupy a defined space in the programme.
If separately sponsored sessions accumulate this will lead to loss of accreditation of the whole program unit, e.g. a whole morning session, since participants may get their CME points by mainly attending the separately sponsored sessions. This also applies if the sponsor(s) are also sponsors of the main congress.
For further information, please see EBAC Bulletin 3.
Transparency is a key prerequisite for management of conflict of interests. Thus, EBAC requires all presenters/authors/ chairmen/ moderators/course directors to declare their financial as well as non-financial interests based on a standard disclosure form. This should (ideally in advance to the CME/CPD activity) be made available to all participants and may also be used by organising committees to structure their strategy to manage conflicts of interests.
Please find here the EBAC Disclosure form and the “Instructions for use” (to be read carefully before completing the Disclosure form):
(Please note: A and B are the same form. Form B just displays more information than form A – chose A or B in depending on the size of the room and screen where the form will be shown).