In 2003, the American Academy of Audiology (Academy) and the American Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) jointly authored the “Ethical Practice Guidelines on Financial Incentives from Instrument Manufacturers.” Since then, a growing body of evidence from the social science literature about the impact of gifts has developed. With approval from the Academy Board of Directors, the Ethical Practices Committee began the process of reviewing and revising these guidelines. In addition to review by the Board of Directors, the proposed policy is being reviewed by the Academy’s attorney, an ethicist hired by the Academy to review our Ethics Program, and key Academy staff members. The board values the involvement and input of our members in developing this policy. The board invites members to read the review and provide feedback and questions to the social science literature on gifts and the DRAFT of the “Proposed Ethical Practice Policy on Financial Incentives for Industry.”
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