Conflict of Interest Disclosure
How does EuSEM broadcast the information to his/her speakers?
Scientific lectures are presumed to be based on objective interpretations of evidence and unbiased interpretations of facts. The integrity of our congress requires disclosure of the possibilities of potentially distorting influences. The audience may then judge and, if necessary, make allowance for the impact of the bias on the information being reported.
In general, the safest and most open course of action is to disclose activities and relationships that, if known to others, might be viewed as a conflict of interest, even if speakers do not believe that any conflict or bias exists.
This is why each speaker is asked to display his or her disclosure slide before beginning to lecture.
What about the level of ‘‘significance’’ in terms of interest?
Whether an interest is “significant” will depend on individual circumstances and cannot be defined by a dollar amount. Participation on a board of directors or any other relationship with a product, device or company should be carefully considered for possible disclosure.
In addition speakers should also carefully consider disclosure where circumstances could suggest bias against a product, device, or company.
How about speaker(s) declaring a ‘‘no Conflict of Interest’’?
Neither the speaker nor any member of his/her immediate family has a significant financial arrangement or affiliation with the product, device or company involved in the congress nor any potential bias against another product, device or company.