Event Endorsement Guidance
- The meeting or resource must be consistent with the BSG mission statement:
- To maintain and enhance high standards of patient care
- To enhance capacity of members to discover, disseminate and apply new knowledge to the benefit of patients with digestive disorders
- Endorsed courses or meetings are those that the Society will badge officially as being relevant and important for its members
- The applicant responsible for the course or meeting content should be a BSG member of good standing
- The applicant responsible for the course or meeting should have no pecuniary interest in the meeting
- The content of the course or meeting should be determined predominantly by the applicant responsible for the meeting
- The content of the course or meeting must not have any restrictions or qualifying requirements imposed by any commercial sponsor
- At a meeting with commercial sponsors, the BSG Declaration of Sponsorship slide must be shown at the beginning of every presentation.
- The course or meeting must be relevant to the Society
- The course or meeting must have CPD approval from one of the Royal Colleges unless primarily aimed at trainees
- The course or meeting should offer preferential rates to BSG members
- The BSG Education logo should be used in promotional materials
- BSG support should be acknowledged at the course or meeting
- Sponsorship support and extent must be clearly stated on any promotional material and on the ‘declaration of interest’ introductory presentation
Fees for an endorsement of a course or meeting are as follows:
- Academic courses with no pharma funding £350+ VAT
- Courses partly or fully funded by pharma £500+ VAT
- Endorsed meetings or resources should be approved by a minimum of 3 people; the Education Committee Chair or nominee, relevant section chair, a VP of the BSG or President-elect and at least one elected Council member or member of the Education Committee
- Endorsed courses or meetings must be UK-based.
- A course or meeting will not be considered for endorsement if it is scheduled to be held within 6 weeks either side of the BSG Annual Meeting. In addition, a course or meeting with live endoscopy will not be considered for endorsement if it is scheduled to be held within 6 weeks either side of BSG Endoscopy Live.
For a repeat course or meeting, feedback from the previous course must demonstrate at least 80% positive feedback responses.
- When the BSG agrees to endorse a course or meeting, the Society will
- Include the course or meeting on the BSG website events calendar
- Include the course or meeting in the monthly BSG eNewsletter
- Circulate the course or meeting details by email from the BSG to the relevant BSG section after request approved by the relevant section chair
- After agreement that the BSG will endorse a course or meeting, the course organiser and/or sponsor agree to
- Apply a minimum 30% fee reduction for BSG members
- Pay the fee that applies to your event +VAT to the BSG within 14 days of receipt of invoice
- Display the BSG Education logo on all materials associated with the course or meeting
- Provide feedback to the BSG Education Committee within 6 weeks of any meeting in both detailed and summarized format. This feedback must include a question about whether the meeting was biased in favour of a sponsor. If the meeting evaluation indicates that the meeting content was biased, a ‘no-endorsement’ sanction will be imposed on the meeting for a period of 1 year.
For any queries about events endorsement, please contact BSG at email@example.com
In addition to the terms in the guidance, please note the following:
- Events should have educational benefits for BSG members, at the discretion of the BSG Education Committee.
- ‘BSG Events’ are meetings either supported or organised by the Society. Sections of the BSG can apply for financial support no later than December for a meeting planned for the following calendar year. This application must include any budgetary requirements. Approval of funding is granted at the discretion of the BSG.
- ‘BSG Endorsed Events’ are meetings which the Society has ‘badged’ officially as being relevant and important for its members.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for Royal College CPD in advance (see CPD guidelines). Events aimed primarily at Trainees are not eligible for RCP CPD; a BSG Education Committee working group will assess these events.
- Event organisers should contact the BSG Education Committee as early as possible in order to benefit from potential promotion.
- Event organisers should avoid dates clashing with other BSG events. The BSG reserves the right to ask organisers to change the date if a clash would occur.
- The BSG Education Committee’s decision is final.