The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) conducts a Conflict of Interest (COI) review of all panel members and expert reviewers for ASTRO Formal Papers in accordance with ASTRO’s Conflict of Interest Policies (COI Policies). ASTRO Formal Papers are defined as papers that represent a formal position of ASTRO and that are intended to be published in a public venue (ASTRO Papers), such as Clinical Practice Guidelines and White Papers. The ASTRO COI policy seeks to comply with the principles set forth in the Institute of Medicine’s “Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines” and the Council for Medical Specialty Society’s “Code for Interactions with Companies” and “Principles for the Development of Specialty Society Guidelines”.
ASTRO requires disclosure statements from all individuals involved in drafting, reviewing and approving ASTRO Papers. A primary purpose of ASTRO COI review is to identify relationships between these individuals and companies that could reasonably be affected by the content of the Paper.