Policy and procedures for the preparation and endorsement of clinical guidance

As a leader in the field, one of the key missions of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) is to foster the education of health care professionals in the field of osteoporosis and musculoskeletal disorders, and to promote best practice for improved patient care.

ESCEO collaborates with institutions or societies having similar objectives, and, frequently, works closely with other organizations sharing the same objectives and approaches like the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

Most recently, ESCEO and IOF jointly published an update of the European Guidance for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women.

This important publication gives us the opportunity of clarifying the procedures that drive the endorsement of clinical guidelines by ESCEO and IOF:

  1. If the clinical guidelines include, fully or in part, an European perspective, they should be the result of a joint effort between ESCEO and IOF.
  2. The Working Group can be initiated as either an ESCEO Working Group (by invitation only) or an IOF CSA Working Group. In the latter case, all members of the CSA should be given the opportunity of participating to the Working Group and should be treated on an equal basis (invited to all meetings and given the option of commenting, amending and approving the document).
  3. Financial support should only be obtained through Unrestricted Educational Grants, directed either to ESCEO or to IOF, with no direct relationship with the preparation of guidelines.
  4. No corporate partner can be involved in the preparation or in the conduct of the meeting (e.g. choice of participants, venue, programme, methodology,…) nor in the writing process/publication of the manuscript (e.g. Medical Writer, content, choice of the target Journal, covering of the Open Access fees,…). An agreement regarding the dissemination of the outcomes of the meeting can be considered between corporate partners and ESCEO/IOF, once the document is published and is available for public consultation.

No endorsement can be sought by the ESCEO SAB, IOF CSA or IOF CNS or unless all the above-listed prerequisites are strictly followed.