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COI Disclosure

The ATS requires that all those participating in official ATS activities (including but not limited to the holding of elected or appointed office, development of official ATS documents, planning of or presentation at ATS conferences, and participation in official ATS projects) fully disclose and manage, consistent with ATS policies, any professional relationship or action that may result in a conflict of interest (COI). When objectivity and effectiveness cannot be maintained, participation in official ATS activities should be avoided or discontinued.

Examples of "official ATS activities" that require disclosure of potential conflicts of interest relevant to activity subject matter:

ATS Journal manuscript authors and co-authors.
Instructions available at Disclosure for Journal Manuscripts

Session presenters and chairs at the annual ATS International Conference or other educational activities accredited for continuing medical education (CME). Instructions available at Disclosure for Activities Other than Journal Manuscripts

Planners of educational activities accredited for CME, including members of the International Conference Committee and Education Committee.
Instructions available at Disclosure for Activities Other than Journal Manuscripts

Developers (panelists, committee members) of clinical practice guidelines or other official ATS documents. Instructions available at Disclosure for Activities Other than Journal Manuscripts

Governance roles, including: ATS officers, the Board of Directors, members of president-appointed committees. Instructions available at Disclosure for Activities Other than Journal Manuscripts

ATS Journal editors, deputy editors, associate editors or other members of journal editorial boards. Instructions available at Disclosure for Activities Other than Journal Manuscripts

ATS Disclosure Instructions

Last Reviewed: January 2017