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Guiding Principles

Health care is a human right. Those in health care, especially those who stand to gain from the ill health of others, have a moral responsibility to examine what they do, its long-term consequences and to ensure that all may benefit. The support of this should be shared by government, citizens, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. This is not only equitable, but is the best means to balance the influence of any specific constituency and a practical necessity. Any profit from our activities is re-invested in our core programs for Canadians with arthritis.

The support of this should be shared by government, citizens, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. This is not only equitable, but is the best means to balance the influence of any specific constituency and a practical necessity.

To completely insulate the agenda, the activities and the judgments of our organization from those of organizations supporting our work, we put forth our abiding principles:
  • ACE only requests unrestricted grants from private and public organizations to support its core program.
  • ACE employees do not receive equity interest or personal "in-kind" support of any kind from any health-related organization.
  • ACE discloses all funding sources in all its activities.
  • ACE identifies the source of all materials or documents used.
  • ACE develops positions on health policy, products or services in collaboration with arthritis consumers, the academic community and health care providers and government free from concern or constraint of other organizations.
  • ACE employees do not engage in any personal social activities with supporters.
  • ACE does not promote any "brand", product or program on any of its materials or its web site, or during any of its educational programs or activities.


Acknowledgements

Over the past 12 months, ACE received unrestricted grants-in-aid from: AbbVie Canada, Amgen Canada, Arthritis Research Canada, AstraZeneca Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Celgene, Hoffman-La Roche Canada Ltd., Eli Lilly Canada, Merck Canada, Novartis, Pfizer Canada, Sanofi Canada, St. Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver), UCB Canada, and the University of British Columbia.

ACE also receives unsolicited donations from its community members (people with arthritis) across Canada.

ACE thanks funders for their support to help the nearly 5 million Canadians living with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and the many other forms of the disease. ACE assures its members, academic and healthcare professional collaborators, government and the public that the work of ACE is free from influence of its funders.