Disclosure of Commercial or Outside Financial Interests

Industry partnerships and commercial ventures offer opportunities to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of innovative drugs and medical devices. As our industry relationships grow in number, Harvard Ophthalmology strives to maintain academic integrity and a culture of open and objective communication. To this end, we have compiled the following resources and guidelines for disclosing commercial interests, also known as outside financial interests (OFI) or conflicts of interest (COI):

Standard Disclosure Slide Templates (with instructions and examples):

All speakers are encouraged (often required) to include a disclosure slide in their presentations, even if there are no relevant disclosures.

General disclosure slide template
Format: PowerPoint (.pptx) | File Size: 106 KB | Size: 16:9 
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Disclosure Policies and Resources:

ARVO Paper Presentation Guidelines 

  • Presenting authors SHOULD NOT include a disclosure slide at the start of their presentation
    • ARVO will provide the Presenter with a disclosure slide for display
    • In-room AV Tech will display while Moderator is introducing the Presenter 
    • All relevent financial relationships must be disclosed VERBALLY before the start of the presentation 

ARVO Financial Disclosure Guidelines 

  • View the ARVO Commercial Relationships Policy for complete reporting requirements 
    • All relevent commercial relationships for Presenter, spouse/partner, and all co-authors for the prior 12 months
    • Indicate "None" if no relationships exist 
    • FDA requires disclosures of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices 
    • Use disclosure codes as described in the ARVO Disclosure Policy Guidelines