There is a ban on any employees or owners of ineligible companies contributing to the content of a CME activity because the potential and perception of bias is so strong.
CME activities must be free from commercial influence, independent and based on valid content; education, not promotion.
Planners of CME activity may be employees or owners of an ineligible company. Speakers or those delivering rather than selecting content may be included, but only these very specific and very rare situations:
- When the content of the activity is not related to the business lines or products of their employer/company.
- When the content of the accredited activity is limited to basic science research, such as preclinical research and drug discovery, or the methodologies of research, and they do not make care recommendations.
- When they are participating as technicians to teach the safe and proper use of medical devices, and do not recommend whether or when a device is used.
UUCME will review any cases of employees or owners of ineligible companies 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 the involvement of employees of commercial interest ineligible companies. These relationships cannot be mitigated. You may be asked to replace the employee in your activity or you may not be able to provide CME credit for the affected portion of your activity (if this happens, the part that person speaks during must be completely separated from the employee portion, separated by a 30-minute buffer). UUCME will guide you through these decisions.
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