How Does the Development Process of Position and Practice Papers Ensure Integrity?
Integrity of Position and Practice Papers
- The Association Positions Committee (APC) workgroup oversees the development of Position and Practice Papers with particular attention to preserving the integrity of the process. It is essential that the creation of those materials be completely free from any suggestion of influence by individuals or entities that have an economic or financial interest in their subject matter. To that end, each and every participant in the authorship or review of the Papers is subject to strict scrutiny.
- Each applicant for the position of author, reviewer or content advisor is required to complete a "Duality of Interest Disclosure Form" that calls for the disclosure of any relevant relationships with or interests in any companies whose products or services are indirectly related to the subject matter of this position. The applicants are asked to provide sufficient information to enable the APC workgroup, which reviews each form, to know every relationship, including employment, membership on the board of directors or any fiduciary relationship, membership on a scientific advisory panel or other standing scientific/medical committee, ownership of stock, receipt of honoraria or consulting fees, or receipt of financial support or grants for research, that might affect or influence the individual’s conduct in the selected role. A company is defined as a for-profit concern engaged in the development, manufacture, or sale of foods, foodservice, pharmaceutical or biomedical products.
- After the selection process is completed, all position and practice paper authors are also required to sign the Academy Conflict of Interest form (available below), which further confirms the absence of any conflicts that might improperly impair the individual’s objectivity, prior to starting to work on the position or practice paper.
- Steps are taken to ensure that there is no interaction with any related industry contacts (including all Academy industry partners) regarding the development of position or practice papers:
- Authors, reviewers and content advisors are advised to keep confidential their role in the development of the paper; and
- any documentation or educational materials, etc. received from industry or other organizations must be reviewed and approved by the APC workgroup before it can be shared with any author or content advisor.
- Drafts of position and practice papers in development are only released to the outside reviewers prior to publication.
- For information on the development process of position paper process, visit “Background Information for Developing an Academy Position” under Resources on the Position Paper home page. For information on practice paper development, review the Practice Paper Information.