As a result of new disclosure requirements designed to promote transparency in the design, development, and presentation of courses offered for ASHA CEUs, Convention participants will have a more complete context in which to evaluate presenters' information.
All Convention presenters, including those displaying posters, must—at the beginning of the session—make a disclosure statement.
Presenters must disclose whether they have any financial or nonfinancial relationships related to their presentation's content.
If the session focuses on one product, device, or service, presenters must disclose whether information about similar products or services will be limited, or not presented.
The disclosure requirement aligns ASHA with current practices in other professions, particularly continuing medical education. The ASHA Continuing Education Board's Requirement 3 (transparency in course planning and delivery) for presenters indicates that:
Course content and presentation must focus on the science and/or contemporary practice of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences, not on the sale or promotion of products or services.
Presenters should not attempt to persuade learners to favor, use, promote, or purchase a particular product, equipment, device, or service.
If a course focuses on teaching the theoretical aspects of a product or service and/or the details of a product's operation, presenters cannot sell or promote that product or service during the course. Likewise, if presenters use products, equipment, or devices in conducting a course, they cannot engage in marketing, promoting, or selling during the course or in the space/place where the course is held.
If presenters teach a course focused on one product or service, they should disclose to the audience prior to the course starting that they will present limited or no information about similar products or services.
All presenters must disclose relevant financial and nonfinancial relationships—or lack thereof—to learners in each session.
For more information, visit Resources for CE Presenters and Planners.