The following section is intended to collect information about your organization's corporate structure. COPE needs to ensure your organization is not a commercial interest (i.e. any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Providers of clinical service directly to patients are not considered a commercial interest.)
Some organizations are automatically exempt from COPE's definition of a commercial interest, including government organizations, non-health care related companies, liability insurance providers, health insurance providers, group optometric practices, for-profit hospitals, for-profit rehabilitation centers, for-profit nursing homes, blood banks, diagnostic laboratories. NOTE: 501c organizations are screened for eligibility. Those that advocate for commercial interests as a 501c organization are not eligible to become COPE Approved Administrators/Providers.
Select a response if any of the following exemptions is applicable to your organization.
You must submit an answer for either number 1 or number 2.
2. My organization is not exempt from COPE's definition of a commercial interest. (You must answer all of the following questions so that COPE can assess your organization's eligibility.)
F. If you answered yes to item e above, describe and attach an organizational chart to depict the organizational and procedural safeguards in place to ensure that the CE entity is separate from any commercial interest within the larger corporate structure of your organization.