THE AMERICAN CONGRESS OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS
CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY FOR CONGRESS EXECUTIVE BOARD,
COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
As a general rule, information discussed and generated in Executive Board, council and
committee meetings should be kept confidential until a final document or report is issued.
Neither staff nor members should publicly discuss specific details about ongoing projects.
One reason for confidentiality is to avoid spreading misinformation. Until the process of
generating a document formulating a position has been completed, the Congress' stand
on a particular issue or question is subject to change. In addition, Congress positions and
statements may have commercial impact, and premature release of information could be
used by third parties, such as friends and associates of Board, council or committee
members, for their personal benefit.
A related but equally important issue is an action by an Executive Board, council or
committee member on the basis of the Congress' "insider" information, taken before that
information is made public. When such an action economically benefits the individual, it
raises a serious conflict of interest issue.
Approved by the Congress Executive Board