Standing Committee Eligibility

Per the ACR bylaws, the following categories of members cannot hold a position on an ACR Standing Committee:

  • Emeritus Members
  • Honorary Members

Eligibility for Employees of Commercial Entities

The ACR values the unique perspective that employees who are primarily employed (primarily employed is defined as 50% or more of an individual's working time) by commercial entities can provide on committees, subcommittees, and task forces; however, the ACR is also sensitive to the increasing emphasis on both real and perceived conflict of interest in the medical profession. In addition, ACCME guidelines do not allow members employed by commercial entities to participate in planning CME activities.  A commercial entity is any entity that develops, produces, markets, re-sells, or distributes drugs, devices, services, information, therapies or other health care goods and services used or intended to diagnose, treat, monitor, or manage people. This definition is not intended to include entities through which health care professionals provide clinical services directly to patients.

The ACR welcomes participation of members employed by commercial entities on the following standing committees:

  • Committee on Communications and Marketing
  • Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Research

Employees of insurance companies, but not those of commercial entities, can serve on the Committee on Journal Publications.

ACR members who are primarily employed by commercial entities and insurance companies are eligible for service on the ACR Board of Directors but are not eligible to become officers.

The ACR cannot allow members who are primarily employed by commercial entities to serve as members of the following committees:

  • Committee on Corporate Relations
  • Committee on Education
  • Committee on Government Affairs
  • Committee on Nominations and Appointments
  • RheumPAC (Political Action Committee)
  • Committee on Quality of Care
  • Committee on Registries and Health Information Technology
  • Committee on Rheumatologic Care
  • Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce