ACPA requires financial and non-financial disclosures for each author to be included in each presentation.   For oral presenters, these should be listed on the second slide and displayed before the presentation begins.  For poster presenters, these should be easily visible. 

ACPA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ACPA submits activities to the North Carolina Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.  North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  All components of ACPA’s Annual Meeting must meet the requirements of these accrediting organizations.

Slides, handouts or other materials presented to the learner related to the educational activity cannot display any logos or other trademarks of a Commercial Interest Organization.  Presenters cannot reference a Commercial Interest Organization, and acknowledgement of commercial support is limited to the name of the entity providing support.  Learners cannot be recruited for any purpose during the presentation.

Faculty Disclosure Statements

It is the policy of ACPA to ensure its programs are fair, balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. In support of this policy, ACPA requires that: 1. Trade names are to be avoided during presentations. 2. Presentations made at continuing medical educational activities sponsored or jointly sponsored by ACPA, in compliance with standards for accreditation by ACCME and ASHA, must include: a. information regarding off-label use(s); b. all commercial or industrial funding, consulting, or equity holdings by the authors of this presentation and/or anyone related to the authors, which could be affected by or could have an effect on the content of the presentation. 3. This information will be disclosed to meeting participants through printed materials and must be declared verbally by the presenter at the beginning of the presentation. Disclosures for all participants can be found in ACPA’s Annual Meeting Abstract Book and on the ACPA Meetings app.

Relevant Relationships

ASHA offers these definitions for relationships:

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, gift, speaking fee, consulting fee, honorarium, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial relationships can also include “contracted research” in which the institution gets the grant and manages the funds, and the individual is the principal or named investigator on the grant.

Nonfinancial relationships are those relationships—including personal, professional, political, institutional, religious, or other—that might bias an individual.

Disclosure Format


  • Relevant Financial Relationship(s):
    • List the name of the organization and the type of financial relationship or a statement that no relevant financial relationships exist
  • Relevant Nonfinancial Relationship(s):
    • List the name of the organization and the type of nonfinancial relationship or a statement that no relevant nonfinancial relationships exist

If the presentation focuses solely on one product or service, the speaker must also disclose this fact and that similar products or services will not be included in the presentation.

Disclosure Examples

Jane Smith

  • Relevant Financial Relationship(s):
    • Employee of Organization ABC
    • Research funded by Organization 123
  • Relevant Nonfinancial Relationship(s):
    • I have no relevant non-financial relationship(s) to disclose.

John Doe

  • Relevant Financial Relationship(s):
    • I have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose.
  • Relevant Nonfinancial Relationship(s):
    • Reviewer for The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal

 Additional Resources

Information on this page is adapted from ASHA and ACCME resources