CMSS introduces new code for transparent medical writing

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The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) has developed a voluntary code for medical societies, in order to help ensure transparency and independent control of educational and scientific programs and advocacy positions within the societies, said the council.

One of the main principles included in the code is the prohibiting by the societies of the submission of “ghostwritten-”or written material that is officially credited to someone other than the writer(s)-manuscripts prepared for or on behalf of industry companies.

The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) has expressed its support in the new code and President of ISMPP Julia Ralston said, “It is tremendous to see such a significant organization respecting the role by which the industry benefits medical practice, while adding to the framework of integrity and guidance particularly in the area of transparency.”

According to the council, a number of medical organizations have already banned the practice and “the unacknowledged, undisclosed provision of content should not be permitted under any circumstances."