ACCME Accreditation Requirements and Guidelines

The ASHG Annual Meeting has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and ASHG. The ACMG is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. All educational programming must be developed and presented in compliance with all ACCME requirements.

All speakers/authors must sign a disclosure statement regarding the existence of any relevant financial interest and/or other relationship(s) they and/or their spouse/legally recognized domestic partner might have with the manufacturer(s) or provider(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) or with commercial and academic laboratories that accept samples for testing or develop any laboratory test or test(s) to be discussed during their presentations.

The content or format of a CME activity or its related materials must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial entity. Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the educational material or content includes trade names, trade names from several companies should be used when available, not just trade names from a single company.

Authors/speakers must adhere to these guidelines as outlined below. Failure to do so may result in your presentation being excluded from the meeting.

  • For authors/speakers of abstracts, the disclosure information completed during abstract submission will be used automatically.
  • For speakers in invited sessions and invited workshops, you will be contacted by ASHG staff to complete a disclosure statement.
  • Disclosure of financial relationships will be listed in the online program.
  • Conflicts that may affect the content of presentations will be required to provide a copy of their slides in advance of the meeting so they can be peer-reviewed.
  • Authors/speakers must not engage in the marketing of product(s) in any way during the presentation.
  • Talks must be free of commercial bias for or against any product. If commercial products are discussed, the session must present objective information about those products, based on generally accepted scientific evidence.
  • Presentation Slides
    • To satisfy potential conflict-of-interest requirements, there are constraints regarding the use of any logos on presentation slides. The constraints include no logos on each slide. Further information will be posted in April.
    • Authors who disclosed a conflict may be contacted and asked to upload their slides in advance of the meeting so that the slides can be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Once approved, the slides cannot be changed.
    • Authors/speakers must include a conflict-of-interest slide as part of their presentations to meet ACCME requirements, even when there is nothing to disclose. This ASHG-approved slide will be inserted automatically as the first slide in the presentation.
    • For abstract speakers/authors who indicated a conflict, the disclosure information completed during abstract submission will be used automatically. No further action is required by authors.


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