Policies and Guidelines

In addition to its own internal code of conduct and corporate guidelines, Alcon abides by regulatory guidelines and ethical standards that govern commercial support of continuing medical education, including but not limited to:
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support
  • Council of Optometric Practitioner Continuing Education (COPE) Standards for Commercial Support
  • The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Compliance Program for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Eye Care Professionals
  • FDA Final Guidance on Industry-Supported Scientific and Educational Activities
In keeping with these guidelines and Alcon’s internal policies, the AIME Grant Office will not:
  • Provide suggestions for topics and/or speakers for live programs or enduring materials
  • Review slides or other materials for clinical accuracy
  • Support grant applications:
    • that are linked to prescribing, purchasing, formulary status or reimbursement
    • in which education is not the primary focus of the meeting
    • in which there are recreational activities and/or entertainment
    • in which there are non-modest meal functions
    • which cover spouse or guest meals
    • that cover overhead/operating costs, i.e., the fixed cost of running a business (rent, utilities, etc.), which cannot be attributed to a specific certified educational activity
    • for capital campaigns/building funds
    • solely for marketing campaigns including newspaper/TV/radio ads or public information spots
    • for website development or mass media production
    • for patient education, vision screenings, health fairs or open houses
    • for charitable contributions or fundraising events
    • for events or initiatives that have already occurred or are in progress
    • received less than 8 weeks prior to the event or need
    • to pay for equipment or service contracts
    • that are not within the therapeutic areas of interest to Alcon
    • to individuals for travel or meeting registration costs
    • for travel or study in a foreign country
    • to individual Eye Care Professionals or private practice groups
    • for the purpose of practice development or staff training
    • for meetings for the purpose of referral or networking

Questions about Eligibility or Grants?