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COI Review and Availability

Instructions and guidance for those responsible for reviewing disclosures and managing COI for specific official ATS activities is issued to each ATS member who by nature of their role or assignment has responsibility for review and management of COI for a specific activity. Examples of members whose role includes COI review and management include:

  • Chairs of committees involved in planning accredited CME activities, such as the International Conference Committee and Education Conference for the ATS International Conference (responsible for COI review of their respective committees’ members);

  • Chairs of all CME-accredited sessions at the ATS International Conference (responsible for COI review of that session’s faculty);

  • Chairs of ATS-approved assembly/committee projects such as guideline development panels (responsible for COI review and management of panelists in conjunction with Documents Editor)

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Assigned reviewers can contact Shane McDermott, Senior Director, Ethics and Conflict of Interest Management at smcdermott@thoracic.org or 212-315-8650 for more information or assistance.

Summaries of disclosures are made available to CME audience members, journal readers, and the public as follows:

  • Summaries of the COI disclosures of Key Society Leaders such as the ATS Officers and members of the Board of Directors are made available on the ATS website. Click here to see summaries.

  • Summaries of the COI disclosures relevant to subject matter of the planners, faculty, and any individual in a position to control content of ATS continuing medical education (CME) programs are disclosed to the learners (audience) of the specific activity in accordance with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association for accredited CME. For example, for the ATS International Conference, each presenter in a session accredited for CME has been instructed to prepare and show a disclosure slide with ATS-specified information at start of presentation. In addition, a summary of all disclosures of conference planners and presenters is posted on the conference website in advance of the conference.

  • Summaries of the disclosures of authors of ATS Journals manuscripts are published on the ATS Journals websites in accordance with ATS Journal policies.

  • Summaries of the disclosures of authors of official ATS documents (e.g., guidelines, statements, workshop reports, and technical standards) are provided through an Author Disclosure statement included in the document. (Please note: the dollar amounts of the personal financial interests disclosed by ATS document authors that are relevant to document subject matter are included in the document’s Author Disclosure summary. ATS does not otherwise make the dollar amounts of financial disclosures available to the public.)

Last Reviewed: June 2016