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Continuing Education Information –Oral Abstract Presentations

Continuing education credit will be provided to attendees of all oral abstracts presentations; authors of accepted poster presentations can disregard this information.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is accredited by the ACCME to sponsor continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. SLEEP 2018, the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) has been planned and implemented through the joint providership of the AASM and the APSS. As a CME provider, the AASM must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of the educational activities it sponsors. In addition, the APSS is applying to offer continuing education credit for psychologists.

In order to comply with the guidelines that must be followed to offer continuing education credit, all session speakers and authors of abstracts accepted for oral presentation must comply with the conflict of interest policy below.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Prior to the activity, each speaker/author must verbally disclose to his/her audience that the individual and his/her spouse (if applicable) have no relevant financial relationship(s) with a commercial interest OR have any relevant financial relations with a commercial interest. The following information must be submitted for each speaker/author:

  • The name(s) of any commercial interest(s) with which the individual and his/her spouse has relevant financial relationship(s) and the nature of the relationship(s);
  • A maximum of three (3) citations that reference the best available evidence in support of the topic; and
  • A curriculum vitae.

Conflict of Interest disclosures for speakers and authors of accepted oral presentations must be provided by March 1, 2018.

Instructions for submission will be provided upon receipt of notification of acceptance.

Commercial interest(s) is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, with the exemption of non-profit, government organizations and non-health care related companies.

Relevant financial relationship(s) is defined as relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

The nature of the relationship(s) is defined as financial relationships in which the individual or his/her spouse benefits by receiving income, salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fees, honoraria, or other financial benefits. Financial benefits are typically associated with roles such as employment, consulting, investigational or contract research, speaking/teaching, membership or advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which compensation is received or expected.

Additionally, speakers cannot promote any commercial interests during their presentation. This includes, but may not be limited to, displaying logos and/or advertising in their presentations. Please keep in mind that commercial interests include educational events and materials from which an individual receives honoraria, travel reimbursement or royalties.

If a speaker/author does not comply with the APSS Conflict of Interest Policy, the speaker will not be permitted to participate in the program and may be banned from participating in future meetings. The APSS Program Committee will review the disclosures of financial relationships and citations to ensure compliance with the requirements stated above.

In order to comply with some requirements, a presentation outline may be requested from a speaker in advance of the meeting depending on his/her potential conflicts.

Speakers/authors will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interest verbally during their sessions. Further information and instructions will be provided to speakers/authors in advance of the meeting.