If an individual reports that they own stock in an ineligible company, how should the provider manage the relationship?
Individuals who may be in a position to control accredited continuing education are expected to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the past 24 months to the provider.
- Individuals who own stock (not through a mutual fund or pension plan) in privately held ineligible companies are considered owners or employees and therefore must be excluded from controlling content or participating as planners or faculty in accredited CE, unless they meet the exceptions to the exclusion described in Standard 3.2.
- Individuals who own stock in publicly traded ineligible companies are not considered owners or employees. As described in Standard 3, the provider is expected to determine if the relationship is relevant to the educational content. If so, the provider needs to take steps to mitigate the relationship and disclose the relationship to learners.