Industry Relations and Conflict of Interest (COI)

The relationship between professional medical societies and industry, specifically the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, has come under increasing scrutiny. The chief concern is that industry may influence medical society activities in ways that could compromise optimal patient care or undermine the reputation of the profession.

The SVS Management of Relationships with Industry and Conflict of Interest Policy were adopted by the SVS Board of Directors in 2010 to assure that the Society follows principles of transparency, full disclosure and maintenance of appropriate barriers between industry transactions and programmatic decisions. Each year the Society’s Conflict of Interest Committee conducts a review of all SVS activities to assure that the Society’s programs and operations comply with the Guidelines.