Policy on Conflict of Interest and Full Disclosure
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Division of Continuing Education (TUSDM DCE) provides a range of education programs for the dental profession. When Continuing Education Credits are offered, the program is to be strictly educational and by definition, non-promotional. The following guideline contains the procedures under which TUSDM DCE will engage in educational activities.
- Continuing education programs are educational and non-promotional.
- Continuing education programs are created and implemented independent from the promotional influences of the commercial entities.
- Generic names will be used for any discussion of a specific product, when possible, and there will be a balanced presentation of competing therapies and any limitations on the data.
- Instructors will adhere to the ADA’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.
- Instructors will base lectures on sound scientific basis and proven clinical efficacy.
- Instructors will disclose any potential Conflicts of Interest in the start of continuing education program.
- Conflict of Interest can include stock ownership, current or past employment, paid consultant services, paid speaking engagements, membership on advisory boards or funded research activities.
- TUSDM DCE will separate commercial entities product displays from the learning environment and disclose to all the participants any unrestricted grants or sponsorship received for the continuing education programming.
- There will be opportunity for debate in panel discussions and small group discussions within all continuing education programs.