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ASPS Leadership Conflict of Interest Disclosure

American Society of Plastic Surgery members and affiliates ("members") may be asked to disclose real or perceived conflicts of interest if they are appointed to serve on a committee, subcommittee, work group or task force, when they apply to serve in an elected position, when they accept a speaking engagement at a Society or Foundation educational event or when they submit a manuscript for publication in the PRS Journal or the PRS-Global Open.

COI Disclosure Training

Now available on ASPS EdNet: COI Disclosure Training. Use this resource to help navigate what you must include for each of the four disclosure types:

  • ASPS and PSF Leadership Service
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activities and Educational Meetings
  • Author for PRS/PRS Global Open
  • Peer Reviewer for PRS/PRS Global Open

No time for training? The COI Disclosure Quick Guide contains many answers to your questions.

ASPS/PSF Leadership Service COI Disclosure

At the start of each leadership year, Society, Foundation and Plastic Surgery Practice Solution Board members, Trustees, Judicial Council members, Committee chairs and members, Subcommittee chairs and members, Work Group chairs and members, Task Force chairs and members and PRS and PRS-Global Open Editorial Board members ("Volunteer Leaders") are required to complete and submit a Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure Statement. Specifics can be found on the memo describing COI disclosure requirements below.

COI Resources

Questions about the Leadership Service COI policy and disclosure requirements be directed to or (847) 228-3334.

PRS and PRS Global Open COI Disclosure

All sources of funds supporting the work and a statement of financial interest, if any, must be included for each author of each submitted manuscript, along with a list of all products, devices, drugs, etc., used in the manuscript. All manuscripts must have all of this information. Disclosure statements will be published on each article, including the entity that paid for any APC fees in case of Open Access.

Each author must disclose at the time of submission any commercial associations or financial disclosures that might pose or create a conflict of interest with information presented in any submitted manuscript. Such associations include consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interests, patent licensing arrangements and payments for conducting or publicizing a study described in the manuscript. Authors must disclose any funding received for this work from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and other(s). This information will be printed with the article.

Publication COI Resources

Questions about the PRS or PRS Global Open COI disclosure requirements should be directed to or

CME Activities and Educational Meetings COI Disclosure

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires all instructors, planners, reviewers, managers and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.

Disclosures for CME activities are requested from faculty and planners on an activity-by-activity basis to ensure that ASPS members receive the most current and relevant information.

CME Activities and Educational Meetings Additional Resource

Questions about CME Activities and Educational Meetings COI disclosure requirements should be directed to Michelle Sirois at