Taking concrete steps to ensure that the ISRHML activity is independent from the commercial interest of third parties and objective is important. Creating a separation between funders and decisions about goals, content, speakers, pedagogical methods and materials, and other substantive dimensions of the activities can help protect independence. ISRHML recommends clearly separating decisions about funding from substantive decisions about scientific and educational activities. Support of individual activities by multiple, competing funders also helps diffuse the potential influence of any one funder. Carrying out needs assessments prior to seeking or accepting commercial support or identifying speakers can similarly enhance the independence of the planning process and resulting programming.