Affiliated Activities Rules and Guidelines
Any activity, event, or meeting that is held during the 2018 ECHO conference that is targeted toward or includes any participants of ECHO is considered an affiliated activity and must be approved by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), the official sponsor of ECHO.
Organizations (commercial companies, not-for-profit groups, government agencies, etc.) that wish to hold meetings of any size or nature in any location during ECHO that are targeted to ECHO attendees must complete the appropriate applications for activity, be approved, and comply with the guidelines. Affiliated activity guidelines are subject to change.
- Access to ECHO approved promotional opportunities and attendee list is not permitted for promotion of affiliated activities.
- One application for each meeting must be completed. Applications with more than 1 meeting listed will not be accepted and may delay the application process.
- The sponsor of the affiliated meeting is liable for any injuries or accidents to people or property while conducting ancillary functions.
- Signage for the affiliated activity is only permitted directly outside of the assigned meeting room. Directional signs, advertisements, banners, etc., are not permitted in the hotel lobby or the convention center.
- Affiliated activity decisions will be e-mailed approximately 1 week after submission.
- To be approved, affiliated activities must:
- Support and be consistent with the scientific nature of ECHO
- Be directed to ECHO participants (affiliated activity sponsors and participants must be ECHO registrants)
- Not conflict with or detract from the official ECHO scientific program (see blacked out times below)
- Be approved by CRF
Acceptable activities are:
- Scientific Advisory Board Meetings
- Scientific Investigator Meetings
- Advisory Board Meetings
- Committee Meetings
- Executive Meetings
- Specific Study (Investigator) Meetings
- Staff Meetings
In general, the following activities are not permitted during ECHO:
- Scientific, educational, speaker-driven symposia, or lectures not sponsored by ECHO
- Exhibits (commercial company and noncommercial company)
- Distribution of any promotional material (eg, fliers, room drops)
- Commercial banners
The guidelines are meant to provide guidance for affiliated activity sponsors or hosts. If you have any questions at all about whether your activity would be an affiliated activity requiring approval, contact Fernanda Swan at .
Meeting Blackout Times
Affiliated activities may not be held during the following times (times are subject to change):
- Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:15 AM-6:30 PM
- Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 6:15 AM-6:00 PM
- Friday, April 20, 2018 – 7:15 AM-6:30 PM
Companies may conduct affiliated meetings at any hotel upon approval of the application. Once approval is granted, the organization must works directly with the hotel/venue to make arrangements pertaining to the proposed meeting. All costs associated with the function (e.g., room rental, food, beverage, audiovisual equipment, and labor) are the responsibility of the affiliated activity sponsor.
Personnel Meetings During ECHO Hours
Personnel meetings may be held at any time during ECHO if attendance is limited to that organization’s representatives. Physician attendees are strictly prohibited from participating in these meetings. Violations of ECHO’s Affiliated Activities Rules and Guidelines will be reviewed and sanctions may be applied. Please see the Consequences for Noncompliance section for more information.
Important note: CRF requests that ECHO faculty not commit to conflicting speaking engagements. ECHO faculty responsibilities and obligations to the official program take precedence over all others speaking arrangements at the meeting. ECHO faculty members participating in any such event are subject to having their faculty status revoked including any reimbursement of expenses otherwise authorized.
Consequences for Noncompliance
If an affiliated activity is found to have violated the Guidelines for Affiliated Activities (above), the sponsoring organization, the supporting organization, and the organizer of the meeting may be prohibited from holding an affiliated activity at future ECHO conferences, may have their current registration revoked, non-compliance may be subject to fines and damages, and could negatively impact the registration/status/attendance of those attending an unapproved affiliated activity. ECHO faculty members participating in any such event are subject to having their faculty status revoked including any reimbursement of expenses otherwise authorized.