SMFM Special Statement: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s conflict of interest policy
A vital mission of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is to provide independent, objective, scientifically based information and recommendations for providers, patients, and payors of high-risk pregnancy care. To ensure that these recommendations are free from bias, special interest, or the perception of either, a publicly transparent process for disclosing relevant financial and nonfinancial interests (disclosures of interest) and management of potential conflicts of interest are essential. Educational and research presentations also require proper disclosure to allow attendees to properly assess information presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine events. The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine established a task force to review the current Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine policies and procedures as they pertain to disclosure of interest and conflict of interest. To establish current best practices in disclosure of interest and conflict of interest definitions, reporting, and conflict of interest mitigation, members of the task force reviewed external literature, including policies of other medical organizations. The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is committed to a continuous process of improvement in the approach to these issues and will revise this policy as indicated.