AMDA and AMDA Foundation Sign Onto CMSS Code for Interactions with For-Profit Health Care Sector

August 28, 2013
Perry Gwen Meyers,

Columbia, MD — AMDA – Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine and the AMDA Foundation are pleased to become signers onto the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Code for Interactions with Companies. Adopted in 2010, the code provides detailed guidance to medical societies on appropriate interactions with for-profit companies in the health care sector. The voluntary code is designed to ensure that societies’ interactions with companies in the for-profit sector are independent and transparent and advance medical care for the benefit of patients and populations. 

“We are pleased to join this prestigious group to maintain the integrity and quality of relationships with for-profit entities that develop, produce, market, or distribute medications, medical devices, services, or therapies used to care for our patients. We share the goal of quality care, and this code helps ensure that we can pursue this together ethically, expeditiously, and effectively,” said AMDA Executive Director Christopher Laxton, CAE.

“The CMSS Codes continues to provide a clear benchmark for maintaining integrity and independence,” said CMSS President Dr. E. Stephen Amis, Jr. “CMSS continues to encourage and support a culture of integrity, voluntary self-regulation and transparency.”

The CMSS code was developed by a task force consisting of the leaders of the organization’s member societies. Many of these organizations already have rigorous policies in place that meet or exceed some of the principles in the code. Specifically, the code offers guidance on interactions regarding accepting charitable contributions and corporate sponsorships, society meetings, awarding of research grants, clinical practice guidelines, society journals, and standards for advertising and licensing. The full code, and the list of signers who have adopted thus far, are available on the CMSS website at

CMSS was created in 1965 to provide an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern. Today, the organization represents 38 societies with an aggregate membership of more than 700,000 US physicians.