Managing Commercial Support: UAB entities
Process for Managing Commercial Support
Commercial, non-commercial, and exhibitor support
An educational activity can seek and obtain commercial support, but there are strict rules governing the role of a commercial supporter in any education event and how that support is applied. The key points to note are:
- The ACCME's definition of a commercial entity is:
- A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.
- All funds from a commercial entity must come through UAB - the terms, conditions, and purposes of commercial support must be documented in a written agreement.
- The agreement must include the provider (that's UAB CME), even if the support is given directly to the provider's educational partner or joint provider
- That last part about "...even if the support is given directly to..." - doesn't mean anything here at UAB because our institution will not sign a third party agreement, so all commercial funding must come through UAB
- We have an institution-approved letter of agreement (LOA) that we prefer to use for all commercial support agreements; however, many supporters prefer to use their own template
- Our approved LOA is routed through the office of university contracts. They charge 5% for review and processing.
- Any non-approved LOA must be reviewed by the office of sponsored programs (OSP). OSP takes a 10% slice of any contract it reviews and processes
- An individual who is an employee of a commercial entity can only be involved in a CME event under a very limited set of circumstances
- If you have any doubts about how to deal with commercial support, call us - the ACCME takes a very dim view of failure to follow guidelines on commercial support