The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Seal of Recognition program continued to raise concerns among some dermatologists.
At the AAD’s annual meeting, A. Bernard Ackerman, MD, FAAD, submitted to academy officials a petition signed by 80 members opposed to the program. That action caused a special meeting of members to be held on February 4. At that time, out of 97 voting members, 31 members supported the program (39%), 18 supported the program without fees (23%), and 31 members opposed the program (39%).
In an interview, Ackerman said his concerns include that members of the AAD board have received honoraria from or served as consultants to companies that manufacture sunscreens, and that he thinks the Seal of Recognition would engender a public perception of a conflict of interest for the AAD as a whole, given that the group promotes the use of sunscreens.
Diane Baker, MD, FAAD, and president of AAD, maintains that members do not receive any financial gain from the program, and no officer or director has any influence over which products are or are not awarded the seal. According to the AAD, any company that produces an effective sunscreen is eligible for the seal.