The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.



NYSSA Corporate Supporter Guiding Principles



Definitions

 “NYSSA” or “the Society” means the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.

 “Corporate Supporter” means a company that contractually commits to support the Society through the payment of fees, in-kind products or services, or other considerations, in return for a defined recognition package on a year-round basis and/or for the NYSSA PGA.


Guiding Principles

NYSSA builds corporate relationships that advance the Society’s mission and values without posing conflicts of interest or impacting the objectivity of the Society.

NYSSA only engages with companies that share the Society’s mission and values, and are in compliance with PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals (as applicable). NYSSA abides by Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support.

NYSSA controls which items are included in the Corporate Supporter Program.

NYSSA communications to all NYSSA stakeholders shall be transparent and straightforward regarding the purpose and activities of the Corporate Supporter Program.

NYSSA and its Corporate Supporters shall abide by all applicable codes, ethics, guidelines, and organizational policies sanctioned by the NYSSA.

NYSSA publishes the Guiding Principles for NYSSA Corporate Supporter Program on its Web site and invites anyone to bring to the attention of the NYSSA President or the Executive Director any related questions about any NYSSA activity.


Types of NYSSA Corporate Supporters

NYSSA Supporter: Opportunities for pharmaceutical, medical device, anesthesia information management system (AIMS) or practice management companies to support the NYSSA mission and values through the payment of fees, in-kind products or services, or other considerations, in return for a defined recognition package offered year-round.

PGA Supporter: Opportunities for pharmaceutical, medical device, AIMS and practice management companies to support the PostGraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology (PGA) through the payment of fees in return for recognition of this support at the PGA through a defined package.


Corporate Supporter Policies

Corporate support must be in keeping with NYSSA’s mission and values and must preserve NYSSA member trust and the public’s trust in NYSSA. All corporate supporters must maintain or enhance NYSSA’s brand image and high ethical standards.

All corporate support must be communicated transparently to NYSSA audiences and must follow the guidelines referenced in Guiding Principles, above.

NYSSA shall not associate with companies that, due to the nature of the companies’ products, services, or reputation, have the potential to damage NYSSA’s image . The Corporate Supporter’s products or services must be compatible with and complement the missions and values of the Society. The Corporate Supporter must have a high degree of integrity, a strong corporate reputation and a track record of maintaining a high level of quality in their products and services. The company must demonstrate ethical business practices and a positive image, as evidenced by its compliance with all applicable laws and codes of ethics.  NYSSA may, in its sole discretion, approve or reject any application from a potential Corporate Supporter, and may refrain from comment or explanation regarding the reason for the rejection.

NYSSA does not directly endorse a Corporate Supporter’s product or services and does not offer organization-wide exclusivity in corporate support relationships.

NYSSA’s Corporate Supporter fees are unrestricted and are to be used at NYSSA’s sole discretion.

All corporate support agreements shall be structured, executed, and documented in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as any voluntary codes of conduct and policies set by the government or industry.

These policies related to the Corporate Supporter Program do not preclude NYSSA from engaging in other relationships through which the Society might derive support for its mission and strategic plan.


Editorial Control over All Content and/or Programming

NYSSA has complete editorial control over all Corporate Supporter-created material and/or programming.  In every case, all materials in print, broadcast, or electronic media prepared by the Corporate Supporter, including ad copy and artwork, must be submitted to NYSSA for pre-approval prior to release.


Corporate Supporter Fees and Packages

NYSSA shall set the initial Corporate Supporter categories, fees and packages, subject to approval by the Executive Committee.  Any needed revisions to the Corporate Supporter categories, fees, and/or packages shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Director. If any concerns are raised, those concerns will be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for resolution.


Evaluation and Approval of Corporate Supporters

The evaluation and approval of Corporate Supporters shall be made by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, with recommendations and assistance from the NYSSA Corporate Supporter Steering Committee.


Conflicts of Interest

Members of the Executive Committee and the NYSSA Corporate Supporter Steering Committee shall complete disclosure statements regarding any potential conflicts of interest with possible Corporate Supporters. Any person with a potential conflict of interest shall recuse him- or herself from any activities and/or decisions related to the prospective Corporate Supporter in question.


Termination of Corporate Supporter Relationship

NYSSA retains the right to terminate a corporate supporter relationship without cause and with 30 days’ written notice based on actions taken by the Corporate Supporter that NYSSA deems have the potential to damage the Society’s image.


Written Agreement with the Corporate Supporter

NYSSA shall provide a written agreement to the Corporate Supporter that specifies the guiding principles and policies contained in these Administrative Procedures and the terms of the corporate support. NYSSA shall generate all written agreements for Corporate Supporters and shall employ a master document with detailed and consistent language which protects the Society’s commercial interests and prevents discrepancies among the treatment of its Corporate Supporters.