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Speaker information

As per Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accreditation guidelines, speakers at the 2015 Canadian Retina Society meeting are kindly asked to review and adhere to the following accreditation criteria.


Any potential conflict of interest, regardless of its connection to the topics discussed or mentioned during this event, must be declared by the faculty/speakers, moderators, and members of the Scientific Planning Committee and be conveyed to the audience as a second slide as part of any presentation. The second slide should be displayed for an appropriate amount of time for participants to read. SAMPLE DISCLOSURE SLIDES are attached for your convenience.

In addition, the attached Conflict of Interest disclosure form must be completed and sent to Cynthia Lank, Acting CPD Manager by email (education@cos-sco.ca) or by fax 902-422-1972.

Learning objectives

Please include your learning objectives in your slides.

Drug names

Only generic names of medications should be used, whenever possible. Use of generic names only or generic and trade names should be consistent throughout any presentation.

Balanced information

If specific products or services are mentioned, there should be a balanced presentation of the prevailing body of scientific information on that product or service and of reasonable alternative treatment options.

If unapproved or off-label uses of a product are discussed, presenters must inform the audience of this fact.

Physicians should not engage in peer selling. Peer selling occurs when a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer or service provider engages a physician to conduct an activity that focuses on or is designed to enhance the sale of its own products. Faculty of CPD events may intentionally or unintentionally engage in peer selling of products, tools, or devices if their presentations are not balanced, objective, and evidence informed. Therefore, your presentation/activity must not include:

  • Product-specific materials
  • Product endorsements
  • Product logos or branding

Approval of slides

Please submit your draft presentations to Cynthia Lank by Friday, February 13. As per accreditation rules, slides must be reviewed by the Scientific Planning Committee to ensure adherence to the above accreditation criteria.

Special AV requests

The scientific session room is equipped with standard audiovisual gear (podium, mics, floor mics, etc). If you require any special equipment or technology, please contact Cynthia Lank, Acting Manager, Continuing Professional Development, by Tuesday, February 10, at education@cos-sco.ca or 902-422-1900.

AV assistance and uploading slides

Speakers may preview their presentations, make any changes, or get assistance from the audiovisual staff on site. Please note that final presentations must be provided to the audiovisual staff at least one hour before presentation time.