As an accredited CME provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its directly provided or jointly provided educational activities. We are responsible for identifying relevant financial relationships between individuals in control of educational content and ineligible companies and managing these to ensure they do not introduce commercial bias into the education.
The School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, relies upon those in control of the content of its CME activities (planners, speakers, authors, reviewers) to provide educational information that is objective and free from bias. In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity is expected to disclose: all relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest, (defined as relevant if the educational content is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. An ineligible company is an any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health-care products used by or on patients), that relates to the content that will be discussed in the educational presentation.
NOTE: The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as all financial relationships occurring within the past 24 months with inedible companies, regardless of the amount or the potential relevance of each relationship to the education. All relevant financial relationships that create a conflict with the planner’s, speaker’s, author’s, content reviewer’s control of content must be mitigated before the educational activity occurs.