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Independent Medical Education

Galderma recognizes the importance of supporting independent medical education (IME) for healthcare professionals to increase their knowledge and skills to better address patients' dermatologic and skin health needs. Results of such activities may lead to greater understanding of the therapeutic areas that we treat, our products and their potential applications, as well as improved patient care.

We accept unsolicited requests for IME grants from organizations who are interested in conducting their own accredited or non-accredited, educational activities. Support is awarded based upon educational merit, as well as alignment with our areas of interest and availability of resources. We may provide IME grants in the form of funding and/or in-kind product however, no additional support or input will be provided.

PLEASE READ prior to submitting grant requests:

  • For jointly provided continuing education activities, grant requests must be submitted by the accredited provider
  • Grant requests should not exceed $25,000 unless in response to a RFP
  • Requests are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be submitted at least 12 weeks in advance of the activity

Requests must be submitted by an independent, reputable provider with a history of conducting educational programs in accordance with all applicable requirements and guidelines. "Independent" means that the provider must not be involved in advising or otherwise assisting Galderma with the conduct of its business, including the sale or marketing of its products.

Galderma accepts IME grant requests from:

  • Medical Education Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Academic Institutions
  • Community Health Centers
  • Accredited Providers

Galderma does not accept requests from:

  • Individual practicing physicians or other HCP's
  • A group practice of physicians or other HCP's
  • Organizations owned in whole or in part by, or controlled by a practicing physician or other HCP's

All activities must present scientifically balanced education and be conducted independently, without any influence from Galderma. The activity provider assumes responsibility for all aspects of the activity, including:

  • Control over the design and conduct of the activity
  • Communication of all ongoing updates (see section below)
  • Post-activity reconciliation reporting (see section below)
  • Return of unused grant funds to Galderma

Any activity that undergoes significant changes requires a "Change of Scope" submission in the portal. These changes will be re-reviewed by the grants committee and could result in a change in support. Change of Scopes are limited to one request per awarded grant and require the following information:

  • Details of all changes from the initial grant request
  • Rationale for changes
  • Contingency plan if full funding is not secured
  • Updated Letter of Request
  • Any updated grant request documents (e.g., activity detail, agenda, brochure, budget, etc.)

For activities that include multiple components, or occur over a longer period of time, progress reports and interim update notifications of any major progress (e.g., launch of program, completion of program, etc.) should be provided. Progress report timing will be dependent on the length of the activity and may be monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly.

The activity provider is contractually obligated to provide the following post-activity reconciliations within 90 days of activity completion:

  • Post-Activity Reconciliation Form
  • Outcomes Measurement Report
  • Budget Reconciliation
  • Product Reconciliation

The activity provider will not be allowed to request additional support until all reconciliations are received.

The Outcomes Measurement Report should summarize the following information:

  • Program details
  • Participation & demographics
  • Learning objectives
  • Participants' evaluations
  • Activity assessments (pre/post-tests, and follow-up results)

The activity provider must be able to produce accurate documentation detailing the receipt and expenditure of Galderma's monetary grant support.

  • Planned expenses as provided in the initial grant request application
  • Actual expenses spent during the course of the activity, including how our funds were allocated
  • Unused support from Galderma
  • Sources of income for the activity (multi-supported activities should list all sources of income, not just the granted funds from Galderma)
  • If there are any unused grant funds remaining following activity completion, the provider will be required to refund unused funds.

The activity provider will certify in writing through the portal that all product was used during the activity, or that there is remaining unused or partially used product that needs to be returned.

Submit a Request

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and must align with our areas of interest in Aesthetics, Consumer Care and Prescription medicine. Only products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be provided for IME purposes. To view our current areas of interest and portfolio of products available for request, please visit www.galderma.com/us

Galderma may provide support for the following types of accredited (CME) and non-accredited (non-CME) activities:

  • Live Meetings
  • Digital Activities
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Publications/Supplements
  • Performance Improvement Initiatives
  • Patient Education Initiatives
  • Support may be requested for both single-and multi-supported activities.

We do not provide support for the following:

  • Unrestricted educational grants
  • Support or payments made directly to individual physicians or groups of physicians
  • Travel, lodging, honoraria, registration fees, or personal expenses for non-teacher or non-author participants of an IME activity
  • Textbooks
  • Journal clubs
  • Support for activities that have already occurred
  • Non-buffet meals or individual meals not made available to all ME Activity attendees
  • Grants that are intended to directly and commercially promote Galderma products
  • Recreational or entertainment activities associated with educational programs
  • Staff development or training
  • Capital equipment purchases or operating expenses
  • Building or construction funding
  • Support for political organizations or lobbying activity
  • Support for programs about business management with topics such as "coding" or "office management"
  • Requests that create a conflict of interest for Galderma
  • Support for specific religious activities or beliefs
  • Support for labor unions
  • Support for fraternal, service, or veteran's organizations
  • Support for organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or veteran or disability statuses
  • Activities that occur outside of the U.S.
  • Charitable contributions

Grants: How To Apply

The following information is required to submit a request:

  • Letter of Request
  • Activity Description
    • Target Audience
    • Anticipated Number of Attendees
    • Delivery Format
    • Areas of Interest to Galderma
  • Activity Agenda
  • Needs Assessment
  • Proposed Learning Objectives
  • Outcomes Assessment and Measurement Plan
  • Grantor Attendee Policy (if live meeting)
  • Specific Purpose of Funding (if monetary support)
  • Detailed, Itemized Budget
  • Accreditation Certificate (if accredited)
  • Type & Amount of Support Requested

Please note that changes may occur to our requirements as we periodically update our process.

If the request is approved, a contract will be sent through the portal submission for execution between the activity provider, the joint provider (if applicable), and Galderma. Support is contingent upon a fully executed contract, and compliance with all terms and conditions. The contract must be fully executed prior to the start date of the activity or no support will be provided.

All requests must include an itemized budget that includes the following:

  • Granted funds may only be used for the purpose specified in the grant request. For multi-supported activities, the purpose of funding must be designated for the educational portions of the activity pertinent to Galderma.
  • All anticipated sources of income (to include registration fees and other expected sources of monetary support from third parties). Anticipated sources of income must not exceed the anticipated costs of the activity (requested Galderma support by itself, or in combination with other expected sources of monetary support from third parties).

We are committed to maintaining integrity in all of our professional relationships. We operate under the highest ethical standards and in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, industry codes, and guidelines. Approval of IME support is never related to or conditioned upon past or future prescriptions or purchases of Galderma products. Furthermore, we do not offer, or provide funding to encourage or to reward the prescription, purchase, ordering, or recommending of Galderma products.

Our grant review and approval process is in full accordance with the recommendations and the guidance of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Compliance Program Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, the PhRMA Code on Interaction with Health Care Professionals, the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Providers, and National Physician Payment Transparency Program: Open Payments "Physician Payment Sunshine Act", as well as internal Galderma policies.

By submitting materials for review, you agree that the information is not confidential, nor proprietary, and may be referred to a number of different persons at Galderma to determine the level of interest in supporting your request.

The activity provider is required to identify Galderma by name only. Disclosure to learners must not include Galderma's corporate or product logos, trade names, or product group messages.

For live activities, you are required to submit details regarding your organization's grantor attendee policy. Should we provide IME grant support, we reserve the right to monitor the activity at our discretion. Prior to the start date of the activity, we will notify the activity provider if a Galderma representative will be monitoring the activity. Complimentary access should be given for the entire duration of the activity. For clarification, this is for observation purposes only; no continuing education credits will be requested by the Galderma-designated monitor. If we are not permitted to monitor the activity, these details should be communicated upfront in the initial request for IME grant support.

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