Conflicts of Interest and Governance Ethics

Physicians, medical societies, CME providers, and industry are all under increasing scrutiny by government and the media to weed out conflicts of interest (COI) in all aspects of medical delivery, education, and purchasing. The new CMS “Open Payments” system is just one example of exposing conflicts of interest between physicians and industry to patients and the public. Likewise, medical associations must also weed out conflicts of interest in their own governance.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is committed to upholding the highest ethical values and to encourage professional and principled behavior by its volunteer leaders, authors, speakers, and staff. ACFAS has been proactive in ensuring that conflict of interests in governance, clinical papers, or education presentations are avoided, or at the very least, fully disclosed. No other podiatric organization or CME provider has been as proactive in this endeavor as ACFAS.

Below are links to ACFAS policies and procedures in this arena. If you have any related comments or questions, please contact the ACFAS executive director confidentially at

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