There is a ban on any employees of a commercial interest contributing to the content of a CME activity because the potential and perception of bias is so strong.
CME activities must be independent from commercial interests; education, not promotion.
There are three special cases where an employee or owner of a commercial interest may contribute to the content of a CME activity (exempt from the ban). Those are:
- Content is completely not related to any of the products or services that the commercial interest produces across all business lines.
- Content is about the basic science only (includes pre-clinical research, drug discovery).
- Or is about the processes/methodologies research unrelated to a specific disease or compound/drug
- Or is without reference to the company's specific products or findings
- A technician focused on teaching safe & proper use of medical devices. This includes how to safely operate and adjust the device, but the individual cannot make any comparisons with any competing products or make clinical recommendations concerning any products in the parent company’s business lines.
The CME office will review any cases of employees of commercial interest involvement in content of any CME activity on a case-by-case basis. However, you should know about this restriction and try to plan activities without employees of commercial interest involvement. These conflicts cannot be resolved. You may be asked to replace the employee in your activity or not be able provide CME credit for the affected portion of your activity (if this happens, the educational section must be completely separated from the employee portion). The CME office will guide you through these decisions. Please contact us with any questions.
This answer from the ACCME on this topic may also help.