Conflict of Interest Policy experts are chosen based on their standing in the health policy research/academic community, their publishing record and their ability to communicate in lay language.  Experts are also asked to declare that they do not represent a political party and that they are not currently holding or vying for public office. has also adopted the following policies regarding an expert’s relationship with pharmaceutical firms or other for-profit entities: no open-ended advisory/consulting positions with industry; any outside work with industry should be under a written contract held by an institute/institution; if the expert holds a contract with industry, he/she cannot be PI or co-PI on a project that evaluates  any of that company’s  products for 3 years and cannot write or talk about that company’s products for  All such relationships with industry which have existed in the last 3 years (or which are newly undertaken) shall be disclosed.