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Corporate Relationship Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) employs key filters when working with outside funding to ensure independence and autonomy of both organizations.

The program and sponsorship agreement must:

  • Support the mission of the AAP to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. 

  • Address the professional needs of our members, and the patients and families they serve. 

  • Protect and maintain the AAP’s public trust, integrity, ethical standards, credibility, and identity.

  • Comply with industry guidelines (e.g., the American Medical Association, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Office of the Inspector General).

  • Operate within our principles of medical ethics and acceptable medical practice.

  • Subsidize both direct and indirect program costs.

The AAP accepts financial and in-kind support from corporations, foundations, individuals, and other organizations only if such acceptance would not pose a conflict of interest and in no way impair the AAP’s objectivity, influence, priorities, and actions. Support of AAP programs does not permit influence over content, nor does it imply AAP approval or endorsement of an organization’s policies or products, whether a program is funded by single or multiple sources.


  • AAP member physicians and program staff will be the spokespersons and managers of program activities. To ensure independence of the AAP programs and policies, it is important that the AAP does not engage funders as extensions of staff, nor as AAP spokespersons.

  • Use of the AAP name, logo, or its programs by the funder must be directly related to the program it is sponsoring and have written approval by AAP prior to any print or electronic distribution.

  • The AAP will steward funder relationships with promptness, honesty, and integrity. A member of the Department of Development (DOD) will be designated as the primary point of contact to help coordinate and facilitate a positive relationship for the funder and program staff.

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