Advanced Restorative Reproduction with Neo Fertility
Policy and Procedures for Managing Conflicts of Interest
The following policy governs all Neo Fertility produced CME activities: Any individual in a position to control content must disclose, in writing to the CME Provider, the existence of any financial relationships with a commercial interest within the past 12 months. A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Disclosure information must be received and reviewed by Neo Fertility prior to confirmation of the individual’s participation.
Additionally a Physician, outside of the Neo Fertility program, is assigned to review all declared conflicts and, if needed, assists in the resolution process. Any conflicts of interest must be identified and resolved prior to the individual’s confirmation as an activity planner, faculty author, or other content controlling role. We define a conflict of interest as an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship. It is necessary to update disclosure information should the status change during the course of the CME activity.
The intent of this policy is not to prevent individuals from participating, but rather to identify and resolve any conflict of interest. Should resolution be impossible, a replacement for the individual must be chosen.
The review, identification, and resolution process must take place prior to the activity; all individuals in a position to control content must return the disclosure information by the due date. Failure to disclose within the necessary timeframe will result in withdrawal of the invitation. The disclosure information will be reviewed, and should a potential conflict be identified, additional information or dialogue may be required.
Acknowledgement of all relevant disclosures—i.e., nothing to disclose or existence of affiliation(s), and/or financial relationship(s) or interest(s)—for every individual who serves in a position to control content of the educational activity must be presented to the learners in writing prior to presentation or publication.
Failure or refusal to disclose, false disclosure, or inability to work with Neo Fertility to resolve an identified conflict of interest will result in withdrawal of the invitation to participate and replacement of the individual.
Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
A. Should no conflict of interest be identified, the individual’s role in the activity may be established.
B. Should a conflict of interest be identified, the individual will be contacted and asked for clarification or additional information. Upon receipt and review of this additional information, methods of resolution will be identified and discussed with the individual. Resolution methods may include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following:
- Peer review of content prior to the activity to ensure evidence-based, un-biased content using best available, highest strength of evidence. The activity faculty must be responsive to revision requirements.
- Modifications or edits of the material, agreed upon between the faculty involved and Neo Fertility
- Cancellation of the publication of the material with Neo Fertility
C. The resolution process and outcome will be documented in the CME activity file
This process is current as of May 4, 2020 and reviewed on an annual basis.