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The French National Authority for Health (Haute Autorité de Santé,
HAS) finds that the issue of how competing interests are managed in France
has been addressed in too simplistic a manner in a recent article (BMJ
2009 ;338:b2347) . Moreover, HAS regrets that a health care professional
who is unanimously recognized for her professional competencies and her
commitment to patients could be named in this article.
HAS would like to stress that it has published comprehensive rules to
address the issue of experts’ competing interests (http://www.has-
The nomination of Prof. Florence Pasquier as chair of the Alzheimer’s
disease working group of the HAS is based on the objective assessment of
her qualifications taking into account competing interests. HAS would like
to confirm its commitment on this nomination.
Finally, HAS would like to stress the necessity to address the issue of
experts’ competing interests in a comprehensive and constructive way and
to take into account recent international developments in this field.
Laurent Degos, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine - Chairman of the Board
of French National Authority for Health
No competing interests
25 June 2009
Chairman of the Board of French National Authority for Health