Conflict of Interest Policy for Authors of Health Content
The Web Site
Owner is committed to providing high quality information to Users, and strives
to provide information that is void of bias and self-interest on the part of its
authors. Therefore, we shall evaluate the information before we post it on the
Web Site to determine whether or not there are any financial considerations that
may compromise or have the appearance of compromising our presentation of
This policy applies primarily to the Web Site Owner and
contributors, and secondly to the author of Health Content.
The Web Site Owner and the author of
health content must be aware of potential conflicts of interest and disclose
them in a manner that supports the integrity of the health content provided on
our Web Site.
1. Awareness of Potential Conflicts
- A conflict of interest includes
engagement in an activity that presents a financial interest or relationship
significance that compromises impartial or objective professional standards
expected by authors of health content on the Web Site. We shall evaluate
conflicts in terms of the gain that may result from posting health content on
the Web Site.
2. The following may represent a
conflict of interest with respect to the health content:
- Financial interest, whether
direct, indirect, or predictable, relative to the financial interest of self,
relative, business partner, or other affiliated person or organization.
- Relationship significance with any
person or institution that may have a personal interest.
- Acceptance of gifts or other
gratuities, which go beyond a nominal and reasonable scale and may place us
under any obligation that, could influence business relations.
3. Responsibility for Potential
Conflicts of Interest:
- It is the responsibility of both
the Web Site Owner and the author to be aware of and to disclose potential
conflicts of interest.
4. Disclosure of Conflicts of
- The Web Site Owner and/or the
author must bring any potential conflicts to the attention of the Web Site
Editor (as described in the Editorial Policy) and/or Internet Services. The
Web Site Editor and/or Internet Services will refer matters to the Quality
Oversight Committee (QOC) as deemed appropriate, otherwise, disclose conflicts
of interest on the Web Site.