The SMRT is committed to:
1. ensuring balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all Continuing Education programs, and
2. presenting CE activities that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and are independent of the control of commercial interests.
Therefore, it is the policy of the SMRT that any speaker making a presentation, or other person having influence over the content of a program designated for Category A Continuing Education Credit must disclose any financial interest or other relationship (i.e., grants, research support, consultant, honoraria, etc.) that the individual may have (or have had within the last 12 months) with the manufacturers, distributors or providers of any commercial products or services that may be discussed in the presentation. This disclosure requirement extends to interests/financial relationships or spouses/partners. It does not apply to relationships with non-profit or governmental bodies.
All participants with any influence on the content of any CE programs are expected to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education activity. This pertains to relations with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other companies whose products or services are related in a significant way to the subject matter of the presentation.
SMRT does not imply that such financial interests or relationships are inherently improper or that such interest or relationships would prevent the person from participating. However, it is required that such financial interests or relationships be identified so that participants at the CE activity may have these facts fully disclosed, and may form their own judgments about it.
First, indicate in the Declaration Statement whether or not you have a relevant financial interest or relationship.
Second, if you have relevant financial interests, give the names of relevant commercial entities below. A drop-down list of some company names is provided. If the particular company does not appear on this list, please enter the name in the space provided. Relationships with non-commercial entities such as universities, hospitals, government agencies, foundations and non-profit societies are not to be included.
After you have provided the name of the relevant commercial entity, provide a description of the relationship. Drop-down lists are provided. The SMRT does NOT want to know how much you received. Please do not provide the amount.
In continuation of the recent ISMRM/SMRT initiative to increase the value of our meetings to registrants, the SMRT 29th Annual Meeting in Sydney will be recorded and made available to meeting registrants via our SMRT eLearning Center. In addition, some sessions will be live streamed to a virtual audience. The presentations will be made accessible to the MRI radiographer and technologist community after the meeting and may be offered for a fee at the discretion of the SMRT. The presentations may be used for continuing education courses for SMRT.