Is it allowed for an employee from a commercial interest to be involved in CME activities?

As a general rule, no, this is not allowable, for any employee (full-time, part-time, etc.).  There are three exceptions where limited and tightly controlled participation may be approved, however, that involve an employee of a commercial interest serving in the role of a presenter.  A provider must demonstrate intentionality in involving an industry employee (i.e. the reason the individual was chosen, given their conflict-of-interest), an the content s/he speaks on cannot  be related to the products/services of his or her company.  Effectively, content must be non-clinical, or about research so early in the discovery process there is no product yet developed.

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