American Society of Plastic Surgeons Releases Compliance Guidelines for Interactions with Industry
For Release: 04/28/2011
"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."
View the document "Considerations for Interactions with Industry" on PSN Extra.org.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic 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. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.