ACPE Guidelines on Non-Commercialism and Conflict of Interest
All continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities should provide for an
in-depth presentation with fair and full disclosure and equitable balance.
Appropriate topics and learning activities shall be distinguished from topics
and learning activities which are promotional or appear to be intended for
purpose of endorsing either a specific commercial drug or other commercial
product (as contrasted with the generic product/entity and its contents or the
general therapeutic area it addresses), or a specific commercial service (as
contrasted with the general service area and/or the aspects or problems of
professional practice it addresses).
- Commercial interest is defined as any proprietary entity producing health care
goods or services, with the exception of non-profit or government organizations
and non-health care related companies.
Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic
names will contribute to this impartiality. If the CPE educational material or
content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies
should be used, not just trade names from a single company.
- An individual must disclose to learners any relevant financial relationship(s)
prior to the beginning of the educational activity.
- Disclosure should be described in the slide presentation, usually the second
slide (if live presentation) or in any handout.
- For an individual with no relevant financial relationship(s) the learners must
be informed that no relevant financial relationship(s) exist.
- If there is a relevant financial relationship, the conflict must be resolved
prior to the activity.
- Disclosure due to a relationship with a commercial interest is required if
both (a) the relationship is financial and occurred within the past 12 months
and (b) the individual has the opportunity to affect the content of CPE about
the products or services of that commercial interest.
- Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual
benefits by receiving salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting
fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options or other
ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial
benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as
employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted
research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees
or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration
is received or expected.
- ACPE considers relationships of the person involved in the CPE activity to
include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
- All individuals involved in a activity must sign a conflict of interest
declaration, including those on a planning committee.
- Anyone who refuses to sign a conflict of interest declaration may not be
involved in the activity.
PART 1: TO BE COMPLETED BY PARTICIPANT (read ACPE guidelines on
Please give a brief explanation of the conflict
I understand the above information will be disclosed to the audience in advance
of the activity verbally (for live activities) and in print. My disclosure
provided above is accurate for the past 12 months. All recommendations involving
clinical medicine in my presentation are based on evidence that is accepted
within the health profession as adequate justification for their indications and
contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred in,
reported, or used in support or justification of a patient care recommendation
must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data
collection, and analysis.
I understand that I must submit activity material (i.e. slides, handout, home
study program) at least 4 weeks in advance of the event so that it may be
reviewed for conflict of interest/potential bias. By signing this document I
have read and agree to all the set requirements and guidelines set forth by the
By submitting this information you are attesting that your statements are true
I understand that by typing my name in this box, I am affirming the truth of
the above conflict of interest declaration. This serves as my signature of