GUIDELINES AND STATEMENTS COMMITTEE
- Improve and sustain the quality of ATA Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and Statements
- Promote the dissemination of ATA documents and implementation of ATA CPGs
- Promote diversity among authors of ATA documents and patient stakeholder representation
The American Thyroid Association Board of Director’s has tasked the ATA Guidelines and Statements Committee (GSC) with the broad aim of improving and sustaining the quality of ATA Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and Statements, as well as promoting the dissemination of ATA documents and implementation of ATA CPGs. The GSC will promote diversity among authors of ATA documents as well as patient stakeholder representation.
The GSC will maintain an active list of official ATA guidelines and statements and evaluate proposals for new ATA guidelines and statements. Furthermore, the GSC will track the yearly progress of ATA official, in-progress documents, and will assist in evaluation of initial drafts of the final documents, prior to review by the Board of Directors.
The competing interests of authors of ATA documents under development will be reviewed at inception of a new task force and then monitored, in conjunction with the CPG or Statement Chairs, and the BOD. Any unmanageable conflicts will be communicated to CPG chairs and the Board of Directors. An opinion from ATA ethic representatives may be sought in certain cases when felt appropriate and requested by the Board of Directors. The ATA Board of Directors will be responsible for making a final recommendation on how to handle unmanageable conflicts when they arise.
The GSC will also provide recommendations and guidance about standardization of the methods for the development of ATA CPGs and other documents to the chairs of CPGs, particularly at the proposal and initial manuscript draft submission stage. The GSC, in collaboration with the Executive Committee, and other committee chairs, will regularly review will provide input to the Board of Directors on when an update or revision of a guideline or statement, or a new ATA work product, is needed. The GSC will also promote dissemination of ATA documents and implementation of ATA CPGs, working in collaboration with guideline chairs and the Board of Directors. The GSC will exercise highest ethical standards, be transparent in dualities and conflicts of interest, and aim to be diverse, equitable and inclusive throughout their deliberations and decisions.