The School of Medicine Conflict of interest policy for health care professionals
and industry representatives (PDF) prohibits SOM faculty members
from accepting free meals, drug samples, travel or gifts from manufacturers of
pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutritional supplements or medical
The policy also prohibits Speakers' Bureau participation by
School of Medicine faculty, except in limited circumstances. All industry-paid speaking engagements must
be approved, in advance, by the Industry Talk Approval Committee.
Approval of non-marketing speaking
engagements will be considered by the Industry Talk Approval Committee if
the talk represents a genuine service to the community and is solely for
educational purposes. Approval will not be granted for talks that focus
on specific products, if the speaker is required to use any slides or other
materials provided by industry, or if the slides or other content are subject
to approval by industry.
Note: If your talk meets any of the following criteria, your talk is exempted
from the Speakers' Bureaus policy and you do not need to submit your talk for
consulting (defined as an activity that focuses on planning, conduct or
analysis of a clinical or scientific investigation or dissemination of the
results of an investigation performed or coordinated by you).
Continuing Medical Education (CME) program, and you are allowed to change
the content of your slides or presentation without review and approval by
for presentation will come directly from an academic institution,
non-profit organization, or professional society (e.g., visiting
professorships or academic grand rounds).
Process for Requesting Approval of Industry-Paid Speaking
speaking contract or agreement in Word format from the Pharmaceutical
the Industry Talk Approval Form. Attach the
contract to form.
- Email the form and industry contract for the speaking
engagement to SOM Faculty Talks. Note: the Industry
Talk Approval Committee will not approve a request if the industry contract
for the speaking engagement is not included with the request.
SOM Approval Process
industry contract may first be reviewed by UPI legal counsel and, if
necessary, revised to satisfy University policies.
that the following language, which has been approved by
the Industry Talk Approval Committee, must be included
in all speaking contracts:
"With regard to any
presentation delivered by Speaker at the request of the Company pursuant to
this Agreement, Speaker will have exclusive control over the content of any
such presentation, including any accompanying presentation materials, handouts,
or slides, based on Speaker's expertise and independent, objective professional
judgment. The content of such presentations, including any accompanying
materials, handouts, or slides, will not be subject to the review or approval
of the Company, except that the Company may review handouts, slides and other
materials for the sole purpose of ensuring compliance with FDA regulations. In
additional, any such presentation will be for the purpose of providing
information of general scientific interest and concern, and will not be focused
on the marketing and promotion of the Company's products."
the contract is revised by legal counsel, it will be returned to the
faculty member, and it is the faculty member's responsibility to gain
approval of the revised language from the Pharmaceutical Company. The
speaking request will not be reviewed by the Industry Talk Approval
Committee until the revised contract is approved by the Pharmaceutical
Company and resubmitted to the Committee.
Committee has received a finalized contract and speaker request, they will
review the request and respond to faculty member within 10 business days.
Other important policies and documents: