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Presentation Guidelines and Resources

All speakers are required to check-in to the Speaker Ready Room (SDCC – 22) 4-hours in advance of their presentation. No exceptions. Questions? Please contact


​​Preparing Your Presentation

Please check your presentation before submitting that no identifiable patient information is included.

Your slide presentation should follow this basic outline:

  • Slide #1: Title or Opening Slide.
  • Slide #2: Disclosure Slide: List all commercial relationships. If you do not have anything to disclose, simply put "I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose." This slide MUST match what you filled out on your disclosure form.
  • Slide #3: At least three learning objectives of your talk.

Presentation Resources

 Logo Use on Slides at CME-Eligible Events

The rules that govern our meeting are as follows:

  • As defined by ACCME, “a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.”
  • A speaker whose work is supported by a for-profit commercial entity may credit that support at the outset of the presentation (2nd or 3rd slide) using text only. Company branding may not be used throughout the presentation, e.g., logo or color scheme. ACCME: STANDARD 4.3 Educational materials that are part of a CME activity, such as slides, abstracts and handouts, cannot contain any advertising, corporate logo or corporate color scheme, trade name(s) or a product-group message.
  • A speaker from a non-commercial entity such as a university, research institution, research consortium, for-profit hospital (exempt under ACCME rules), or government agency may credit the organization(s) by listing them on the acknowledgement slide, which must be the last slide. For non-commercial entities the speaker may use their branded presentation slide deck from their organization(s).

View the ACCME’s definition of commercial interests.

These regulations are non-negotiable. Further, if you violate these regulations you risk invalidating CME credits for all attendees at the meeting. Please do not jeopardize our accreditation.

 Author Disclosure / Conflict-of-Interest

The AABB Annual Meeting has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The AABB is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Therefore, all educational programming is developed and must be presented in compliance with all ACCME accreditation requirements. Authors must adhere to these guidelines, which are also outlined below. Failure to do so may result in your presentation being excluded from the meeting.

  • All speakers must sign a disclosure statement regarding the existence of any financial interest and/or other relationship(s) they might have with the manufacturer(s) or provider(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) or with commercial and academic laboratories that accept samples for testing or develop any laboratory test or test(s) to be discussed during their presentations.
  • Authors with conflicts to disclose that may affect the content of their presentations will be required to provide a copy of their slides in advance of the meeting so they can be reviewed. Authors who disclosed a conflict will be contacted and will be asked to upload their slides by at least two weeks in advance of the meeting so the slides can be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Once approved, the slides cannot be changed. Disclosure of financial relationships will be listed in the conference materials.
  • Talks must be free of commercial bias for or against any product. If commercial products are discussed, the session must present objective information about those products, based on generally accepted scientific evidence. Speakers must not engage in the marketing of product(s) in any way during the presentation. Moderators have been instructed to intervene if this occurs.
  • The content or format of a CME activity or its related materials must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial entity. Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the educational material or content includes trade names, trade names from several companies should be used when available, not just trade names from a single company.
  • Authors must include a conflict-of-interest slide as part of their presentations to meet ACCME requirements, even when there is nothing to disclose. This AABB approved slide will be inserted automatically as the first slide in the presentation. For speakers who indicated a conflict, the disclosure information provided during completion of your speaker packet will be used automatically. No further action is required by authors for the conflict-of-interest slide. If you do not have anything to disclose, simply put “The presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose for this session.”

** To satisfy potential conflict-of-interest requirements and ACCME guidelines, see guidelines in the “Logo Use on Slides at CME-Eligible Events” tab.**

We thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

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