The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is examining a
policy under which companies requesting space for satellite symposia at its
annual meeting must become exhibitors.
Kay Ferris, ACC director of corporate relations, said the
policy is a way to vet companies and that the college's new chief learning
officer, Joseph Green, PhD, may end up changing it, but not in time for this
A number of societies tie satellite space to
being an exhibitor, but such rules seem to contradict the Standards for
Commercial Support from the ACCME, which prohibit promotion as a condition of
commercial support for CME activities.