American Society of Andrology.

Code of Ethics for the American Society of Andrology

(Derived from Endocrine Society Code of ethics and approved for use by the Endocrine Society President 2008)

I. ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

A) GENERAL

The ASA will support andrology research, education and clinical practice to the highest integrity and promote high quality science and collegiality among its members. The annual meeting and other educational programs will provide objective and high quality information.

  1. The objectivity of the Society will not be influenced by corporate or other sources of income. Conflicts of interest shall be disclosed to the Society in a timely and comprehensive manner.
  2. Members shall be kept informed of the activities of the Society
  3. The Society shall conduct fair and democratic elections and ensure democratic decision making among its Committees
  4. Members shall be provided means to voice concerns.
  5. The Society will ensure no barriers to activities vi) Society shall organize its activities to recognize the diverse professional needs of its members.
B) RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SOCIETY
1. Meetings:

Sources of commercial funding should not influence scientific, educational or public policy decisions of the Society

Commercial supporters will not control the planning, content, speaker selection or execution of any ASA sponsored program b) Display of commercial products in the exhibit hall at meetings or journal does not imply warranty, endorsement or support of the products and does not validate the effectiveness, quality or safety of the products. c) Complete disclosure of commercial support will be made known by speakers and at Society-sponsored activities d) Program directors, speakers and commercial supporters will be informed of these policies before every meeting.

2. Travel:

Subsidies from industry should not be accepted directly to pay for the cost of travel, lodgings or personal expenses of the members, trainees attending the conferences or meetings.

3. Endorsements:

The Society may act to promote the study, or increase awareness, of specific andrological issues. It is appropriate for the Society to take a position regarding andrological issues in the interest of the public. The Society will not support specific positions at the expense of objectivity or credibility. Such support shall not be for any favors, financial inducements or quid pro quo

4. Marketing:

The Society shall not participate in marketing of health-related products with the exception of its own journal, educational materials and programs.

5. Publications:

Refer to the Journal of Andrology website.

6. Teaching Ethics:

Respect for the integrity of the scientific process, including high ethical conduct is required for research in andrology. The Society should provide guidance and educational opportunities to its members in ethical aspects of research and clinical practice. The Society will actively promote a climate that fosters ethical conduct.

7. Ethics Referral Function of the Ethics Committee:

Privacy and confidentiality of all parties will be respected.

  1. The Committee will provide guidance in the form of support and based on historical cases and general ethical principles.
  2. The consultation or findings by the Committee and the ASA should not be considered legal advice and the Committee accepts no liability for the decision made by the requesting party.
  3. The Committee may be asked to prepare position statements for the Society in response to ethical concerns. Such statement will need to be approved by the Council.
8. Sanctions:

On occasion the professional behavior of a member may warrant a sanction by the Society. The Society may suspend or expel a member or prevent him/her from publishing in the Journal of Andrology for a period of time. Such decisions require unequivocal demonstration of professional behavior that is unethical and or illegal.

II. MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Responsibilities to Colleagues:
  1. Members will treat colleagues with respect and promote collegiality
  2. Members will report to appropriate authorities the conduct of colleagues that threaten research integrity, integrity of the medical profession or patient/animal welfare.
  3. Members who supervise trainees shall disclose their financial interests in projects directly involving the trainees’ academic program. Such a relationship must be delineated between member and trainee.
2. Research:
  1. Members are expected to conduct themselves according to the highest standards of professional behavior in performance and reporting of research. Data should be reported fully and truthfully.

The Society incorporates the principles, including the provision for due process, set forth in the Ethical Guidelines for Publication of Research (Endocrinology. 1990; 126:1-2) and follows the Guidelines on Authorship of Medical Papers (Ann Intern Med. 1986; 104:269-274). The Journal of Andrology is now a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and adheres to the guidelines of ethical conduct set out by this organization. These guidelines can be found online at publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines

The Society expects that all investigations involving human or animal experimentation will have been conducted in accordance with accepted humane practices. The Society supports the principles of research involving human subjects as expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki and those of animal subjects as expressed in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources for the National Research Council and available online at: www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/labrats/chaps.html