When preparing guidelines, AGA follows the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) process and makes draft guideilnes available for public comment. In addition, to keep academic integrity of the American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) guideline, clinical practice update and clinical pathway process, AGA follows the framework outlined by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) in The Code for Interaction with Companies.
The Code for Interaction with Companies states:
“7.15. Societies will not permit Guideline development panel members or staff to discuss a Guideline’s development with Company employees or representatives, will not accept unpublished data from Companies, and will not permit Companies to review Guidelines in draft form, except if a Society permits public or member comment on draft Guidelines as a part of the Society’s published Guideline development process.”
The Clinical Guidelines Committee and Clinical Practice Updates Committee strive to keep AGA’s clinical practice tools independent of industry influence and remain solely based on scientific evidence. As a result of this effort, AGA’s writing panels and chairs will have no direct communication with industry. Companies will have the opportunity to submit feedback during the public comment period. The panel will review any comments submitted through the online platform along with feedback from the public. The writing panel will take these suggestions into consideration when making revisions following the public comment period.