Requirements for Annual Disclosure for CME

The South Bay Pathology Society is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education (CME). As a CME provider accredited by the IMQ/CMA, we must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of our sponsored educational activities. We adhere to the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) Standards for Commercial SupportSM.

Everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity throughout the planning and delivery phases must disclose to us the nature of any relationship with a commercial interest as defined by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (please see below). This includes all physicians and non-physician employees involved in planning, as well as authors, presenters and faculty.

A conflict of interest exists when an individual (or their spouse/partner) has a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect CME content related to that commercial interest. The intent of disclosure is not to disqualify a speaker, author or program planner from participating in an educational activity, but to resolve any potential conflicts of interest that may arise from financial relationships with a commercial interest that are determined to be relevant. The South Bay Pathology Society has a process to resolve any conflicts of interest and assumes that resolution will be possible. During this process, you may be asked for further information or explanations. Individuals who refuse to complete this disclosure survey cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, or presentation of South Bay Pathology Society CME activities.

ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.