- Copies of completed Relationship Disclosure Forms will be provided to the Reviewing Authority and the appropriate Executive Staff member, for review before the Person begins their work for the Academy.
- Possible courses of action the Reviewing Authority (which may vary to meet the specific needs of the Academy activity) may take with respect to each Relationship Disclosure Form include:
- There are no relationships noted, then no action is required.
- There are relationships noted, but no conflicts of interest found. The relationships may be disclosed to fully inform the audience/readers.
- There are relationships noted, and possible conflicts of interest found:
- The severity of the conflict is such that it is compatible with concurrent maintenance of the Person’s official Academy capacity and the conflicting interest or relationship. The situation should be monitored carefully and the relationship must be disclosed to fully inform the audience/readers.
- The severity of the conflict is such that the Person must be removed from the official Academy capacity (e.g., must not serve as an Academy committee member, author, or faculty member), must divest the conflicting interest, or must withdraw from the conflicting relationship.
- Any disagreement between a Person and the Reviewing Authority may be submitted to the appropriate Executive Committee (AAN or AANI) for resolution. The Executive Committee may consult with the Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee concerning any submitted dispute.
VI. Organizational Conflicts with Commercial Interests
A complex set of conflicts may accompany relationships of the Academy with commercial interests (“Commercial Interests” include any entity developing, producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, including drugs, devices, services or therapies, consumed by, or used on, patients to diagnose, treat, monitor, manage, and alleviate health conditions). This Policy seeks to recognize and protect the benefits of these relationships while avoiding conflicts of interest that may arise. The Academy has functioning policies in several areas where these relationships with Commercial Interests, otherwise designated in Academy policy as “Industry,” exist, including the Principles Governing Academy Relationships with External Sources of Support (“Principles”).
Policy History: Initially approved by the AAN Ethics and Humanities Subcommittee April 13, 1997; approved by the AAN Practice Committee August 24, 1997; approved by the AAN Board of Directors October 4, 1997, and published in Neurology (1998;50:332-334). Amended by the AAN and AANPA Executive Committees on February 21, 2008; ratified by the AAN and AANPA Boards of Directors on March 7, 2008 (AAN Policy 2008-06; AANPA Policy 2008-05). Amended by the AAN and AANI Boards of Directors on September 7, 2017.