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SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY

Conference planners and presenters have diverse interests and relationships that contribute to the success of the Conference but may also cause potential or actual conflicts of interest (COI) that must be disclosed, reviewed, and managed to comply with Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) requirements. To accomplish this in the context of a large number of Conference sessions and diverse topics, ATS must rely heavily on each program committee, session organizer, chair, and speaker.

Please ensure that the following requirements are met as you organize and carry out your presentation:

  • Independence, balance and scientific rigor.
    • All participants in official ATS activities, including live and virtual conference session organizers and speakers, are required to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.*
    • Content must provide objective information based on scientific methods generally accepted in the medical community, and be free of commercial bias.
    • Data presented should not be outdated.
  • A balanced view of therapeutic options
    • Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality and is preferred. If the presentation requires trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used.
  • Disclosure of relevant conflicts of interests (COI) to ATS and learners

*See related ATS policy at http://conference.thoracic.org/speakers/index.php  

MANAGING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST (COI):

Mandatory Disclosure of Relevant COI by Session Chair and Speakers – both to ATS and to Attendees (Learners) – and Formal Review before the Conference

  • Instructions for completing or updating the 2020 online ATS COI Disclosure Form will be emailed to the chair and speakers in all sessions.
  • Chairs will also be required to return to the ATS COI website to review the disclosures submitted by their session speakers and inform the speaker if any steps must be taken to ensure that the content is seen as unbiased. Chairs and speakers can contact ATS COI Staff if they need assistance.

Disclosure to Session Attendees at the Time of Presentation:

  • Disclose any financial relationship with commercial entities relevant to your talk on a PowerPoint slide at the beginning of your presentation;
  • Please use the slide template provided on the ATS website at: https://conference.thoracic.org/speakers/index.php;
  • At the start of your talk, please orally note any commercial relationships particularly relevant to your talk, and if you wish, assure the audience that your findings and recommendations are fee of commercial bias.

Please also note:

  • The ATS prohibits persons affiliated with the tobacco industry – including as an employee, consultant, advisory committee member, grant recipient, or in other roles - from organizing, chairing or presenting at conference sessions. ATS does not, at this time, prohibit persons affiliated with the vaping industry in these ways from participation (unless the company is tobacco industry owned fully or in part) but may impose conditions to ensure that content is scientifically rigorous, non-promotional and complies with any legal restrictions. Future ATS policies may affect participation by persons involved with these industries more extensively.

PRIOR TO THE PRESENTATION

  • When preparing your talk, refer to the session objectives and title for your presentation
  • When recording your talk, adhere to the time allotment specified
  • Prepare and upload your presentation recording and PowerPoint presentation
  • Do not use industry logos or brand names in your PowerPoint presentations
  • Include an introductory slide which discloses any financial relationship with commercial entities relevant to your talk
  • As part of your talk recording, please note any commercial relationships particularly relevant to your talk, and if you wish, assure the audience that your findings and recommendations are fee of commercial bias.
  • Complete the online Presentation Recording Permission
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