Society Disclosure of Relationships

The Heart Rhythm Society (the Society or HRS) is committed to upholding the  highest ethical values and encouraging professional and principled behavior by its staff and volunteers. As part of commitment to transparency and accountability, and to attain the highest standards of excellence, HRS requires disclosure of relationships to maintain independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all activities.

The Code of Ethics and Professionalism outlines the requirements that all individuals engaged in HRS- related activities must disclose and manage personal, professional, financial and nonfinancial relationships while engaged in Society activities. The types and description of relationships requiring disclosure are summarized in Table 1. Table 2 lists the disclosure requirements by role.

Disclosure statements (completed online) are filed and/or updated at the time of consideration for participation in any Society activity, and at least annually, by volunteers and staff.

CME Oversight

HRS maintains a Code of Ethics and Professionalism, an Ethics Committee, and a CME Compliance Subcommittee of the Education Committee that oversee implementation of the CME Disclosure Policy and the Conflict of Interest (COI) Resolution policy to safeguard the credibility and reputation of the Society.

CME Disclosure Policy

CME COI Resolution Policy

Disclaimer: The Annual Scientific Sessions provides a forum for the open exchange and discussion of research results and scientific advancements in the field of cardiovascular pacing and electrophysiology; however, the Society makes no representation or warranty as to the truth, originality, or accuracy of the information presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions or in materials distributed in connection with them. Nor are the views expressed by the individual speakers necessarily the views of the Society. The Heart Rhythm Society supports the ACCME’s policy on evidence-based content and encourages faculty to adhere to these standards when planning a presentation.

Disclosure of Faculty's Commercial Relationships: It is the policy of the Heart Rhythm Society to ensure balance, independent objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its certified educational activities. Everyone involved in the planning and participation of continuing medical education activities is required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of his or her presentations and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during his or her presentations. In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, all faculty and planning partners must disclose any financial relationship(s) or other relationship(s) held within the past 24 months. The Heart Rhythm Society implements a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners. Detailed disclosure information will be available prior to the activity and in the activity slides.