One of the priorities of the Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS) is the education and training of clinicians, scientists, and healthcare professionals. PNS educational activities reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the Society, whose members are both clinicians and basic scientists. Educational activities consist of symposia and teaching courses held at various Scientific Societies Congresses, as well as separate ad-hoc Teaching Courses prepared in collaboration with national societies, single lectures, or clinical demonstrations. If you or your organization would like to partner with the PNS to support an educational activity, please review the commercial support guidelines below.
The following general principles, govern the acceptance of commercial support:
Fees to cover the cost of an exhibit at a course are not considered to be an educational grant. Please do not submit a Commercial Support Agreement for exhibiting.
Educational Support from a Single Company
The Peripheral Nerve Society has indicated that they distinguish between obtaining relatively small educational grants from multiple sources and accepting a single, usually large grant from a single company to organize a course. Because the potential for real or perceived bias is so great in the latter case, single-company supported courses must take special care to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
It is recognized that the guidelines relate to specific activities and practices but cannot cover all of the possible relevant situations that might arise in any given relationship. Thus, proposals for single-company supported courses will be reviewed by the PNS Educational Committee with particular scrutiny for activities that might be interpreted to be promotional rather than educational.