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Mainpro+ Tips: Conflict of Interest Disclosure – Why?

Members of the CFPC play a vital role in the development of Mainpro+ certified activities – e.g. as planning committee members, and in the delivery of a Mainpro+ certified activity as speakers, moderators and as participants.

Identifying and addressing potential conflicts of interest helps ensure proper balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor is applied to certified educational activities.

Why is conflict of interest disclosure for certified Mainpro+ offerings important?
We believe that for program participants to apply what they learn from certified programs to their practices with absolute assurance, the content must be presented in a balanced and unbiased fashion.

To minimize the potential for bias in learning that supports physicians in their multiple roles with patients, learners, and the health system, all members of planning committees and speakers are required to complete and submit a CFPC Mainpro+ Declaration of Conflict of Interest form, as part of the Mainpro+ certification process. Certified activities must be developed, delivered and evaluated in accordance to educational and ethical standards set out by the CFPC.

At the event, CME/CPD organizers and presenters must take steps that allow participants to make independent judgements on the relationships identified and management strategies employed to deal with any conflicts of interest.

This information MUST be presented to the audience using the CFPC’s 3-Slide COI Disclosure Policy:

  1. Speaker Disclosure,
  2. Commercial support disclosure, and
  3. Steps taken by the PC to mitigate any potential bias.

Speakers MUST verbally and visually review these slides, disclosing any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have, and allow sufficient time for the audience to read and comprehend the information being shared.

There must also be opportunity given for the audience to ask questions about the disclosure information should they arise.

Visit the CFPC’s Identification and Management of Conflicts of Interest and Transparency to Learners guide for more information.

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