Section 4: Actual, Potential & Perceived Conflict of Interest
The potential for Conflict of Interest (COI) exists when an individual has the ability to control or influence the content of an educational activity and has a financial relationship with a commercial interest, the products or services of which are pertinent to the content of the educational activity. Actions must be taken to resolve any potential or actual COI for planners, presenters/faculty/authors or content reviewers prior to the start of the educational activity.
Each individual who is in a position to control or influence the content of an education activity must disclose all relevant relationships with any commercial interest, including but not limited to members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, faculty, authors, and/or content reviewers.
Relevant Relationships, as defined by ANCC, are relationships that are expected to result in financial benefit from a commercial interest organization, the products or services of which are related to the content of the educational activity.
Relationships with any commercial interest of the individual’s spouse/partner may be relevant relationships and must be reported, evaluated and resolved. Evidence of a relevant relationship with a commercial interest may include but is not limited to receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (stock and stock options), grants, contracts, or other financial benefit directly or indirectly from the commercial interest. Financial benefits may be associated with employment, management positions, stockholder, independent contractor relationships (including contracted research), other contractual relationships, consulting, speaking, teaching, membership on an advisory committee or review panel, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received or expected. Relevant relationships can also include ‘contracted research’ where the institution receives a grant and manages the grant funds and the individual is the principal or a named investigator on the grant.
Commercial Interest, as defined by ANCC, is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients, or an entity that is owned or controlled by an entity that produces, markets, re-sells or distributes healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Nonprofit or government organizations, non-healthcare-related companies, healthcare facilities, and group medical practices are not considered commercial interests.
Individuals found to have a COI are not eligible to serve as a/the Nurse Planner, but may be able to serve on the planning committee or as a presenter/author if measures are taken to resolve the COI. Employees or representatives of a commercial interest may not serve as a Planner of an educational activity, although they may be eligible to serve as faculty if measures are taken to resolve any potential conflict of interest.