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Board of Trustee Principles 

As part of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) concerted effort to avoid conflicts of interest and ensure transparency with the development of DSM-5, the Board of Trustees passed the following principles for appointees to the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups. These principles were adopted in December 2006.

To become a member of the DSM-5 Task Force or a DSM-5 Work Group, individuals must meet and abide by the following criteria.

Members of the DSM-5 Task Force and DSM-5 Work Groups agreed to:

 • Serve without remuneration for their services with the exception of the DSM-5 Task Force Chair.

 • Not serve on a work group with a spouse, domestic partner, or first-degree family member.

 • Receive no more than $10,000 annually in the aggregate from pharmaceutical companies/device makers/ biotechnology companies and similar industry entities for direct services, such as consultancies, advisory committee positions, forensic assistance, speakers’ bureau services, etc. (These “industry entities” do not include clinical practices, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, managed care organizations, university-based lectures, and similar activities.)

 • Not hold stock or shares worth more than $50,000 in the aggregate in pharmaceutical companies/device makers/biotechnology companies and similar health-care related commercial ventures or receive more than $10,000 annually in the aggregate in dividends from such sources. Stock and shares held in mutual funds, pension or retirement funds, blind trusts, and similar arrangements do not count toward these limits.

 • Abstain from participating in any capacity in Industry Sponsored Symposia at an APA Annual Meeting during their task force and/or work group tenure after 2007.

In order to become a member of the DSM-5 Task Force or a DSM-5 Work Group, each person must complete a DSM Member Acceptance Form. The purpose of the confidentiality issues discussed therein is to prevent the premature dissemination of internal deliberations about final decisions and to prohibit DSM-5 members from using information derived from their work on the task force or work group for personal gain.  The agreement is not intended to prohibit timely discussion or public dissemination of research findings or issues that are relevant for diagnostic criteria options which may be presented at conferences, meetings, forums, and other venues where input from the greater scientific community can be obtained.


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