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COI Disclosure

Please know that we are sensitive to the urgent demands upon our members during the global COVID-19 crisis. Your cooperation in maintaining up-to-date disclosure-to-ATS of relevant commercial relationships, and other circumstances that might be seen as conflicts of interest (COI), is especially appreciated at this difficult time. Please contact the ATS staff listed within the Helpful Information page linked below if we can help you in any way.

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.

ATS Disclosure Website – Helpful Information on Log-in and Disclosure

ATS Disclosure Website – 2020 Reviewer Instructions
Update in progress (due to COVID-19 related cancellation of 2020 ATS Conference). Guidance is being provided to assigned reviewers individually.

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