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As a sponsor of continuing education, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. All faculty participating in a sponsoring activity are expected to disclose any significant financial interest or other relationship: (1) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation; and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity. (Significant financial interest or other relationships may include grants or research support, employee, consultant, major stockholder, member of speaker’s bureaus, etc.) AAFS has an established policy regarding conflicts of interest that includes decisions the Program Committee members may make in selecting content for the Annual Scientific Meeting Program. By serving on the committee, regardless of the role, each member has agreed to comply with Section 1.4.7. of the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual.
To serve on the 2018-19 Program Committees, it is required that relevant AAFS staff members, program committee members, and/or reviewers complete a Financial Disclosure Form before being provided access to review submissions for the program. For continuing education accreditation purposes, the disclosed relationships are published in both the Advance Program and final Annual Meeting Program so learners are aware of the nature of any relationships that may impact the selection of presentations for the program. You may also access the complete disclosure list HERE. If a committee member failed to provide complete disclosure of a relevant financial interest or relationship, the committee member or reviewer was not allowed to serve. The executed Faculty Disclosure Forms are on file in the AAFS Office.