Conflict of Interest Controls Tightened for Plastic Surgeons

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American Society of Plastic Surgeons Releases Compliance Guidelines for Interactions with Industry

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Our members’ primary duty is to act in the best interest of patients and it’s vital they be independent and industry’s ability to influence professional judgements be limited.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has adopted new guidelines designed to promote ethical interactions between its member physicians and the medical industry. The document entitled, “Considerations for Interactions with Industry,” provides detailed recommendations for appropriate collaborations between individual plastic surgeons and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or medical device companies in an effort to prevent industry support from biasing a physician’s professional activities or judgments.

“Collaborations between physicians and industry are necessary as they enhance the practice of medicine,” said ASPS President Phillip Haeck, MD. “Following these new guidelines will help to ensure that interactions with industry will be for the benefit of patients and remain consistent with AdvaMed and PhRMA Industry guidelines.”

The document details standards related to the acceptance of gifts, educational products, meals and entertainment from industry; protocols for seeking industry support for educational programs; consulting arrangements; promotional speaking -- and the regulations associated with each.

“The new guidelines are voluntary and serve as a recommendation for behavior that our members should adhere to,” said Dr Haeck. “Our members’ primary duty is to act in the best interest of patients and it’s vital they be independent and industry’s ability to influence professional judgements be limited.”

To view the document, “Considerations for Interactions with Industry,” visit the ASPS website at http://www.psnextra.org/Articles/Compliance-Guidelines.html.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 7,000 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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