Policies & Governance

At AAPS, we strive to create a community that will further our mission: to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. We have created policies and a governance structure to support the pursuit of that mission, and we encourage you to read through the policies to understand more about AAPS.


The AAPS Bylaws document the basic rights, privileges and obligations of dues-paying members. The AAPS Bylaws also document the basic rules under which the organization will operate, including the authority of the Board of Directors to govern AAPS.

The AAPS membership approved the current Bylaws in February 2018. Any changes to the Bylaws require a 2/3 positive vote by those members who cast a ballot. 


Questions, comments or concerns on the AAPS Bylaws can be emailed to the Board of Directors.


Conflict of Interest Policy

This policy defines the terms and parties in a conflict of interest, and explains procedures that AAPS can take toward remedying conflicts of interest.


Privacy Policy

Information Collection, Disclosure, and Use:

This privacy statement demonstrates American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' ("AAPS") commitment to your right to privacy and explains the privacy policy governing the AAPS Portal site (the Web site). It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide.

Areas of our site may require you to provide contact or other personally identifiable information, such as your name or e-mail address, which would only be used as described below. Unless otherwise provided, we may use the personal information we collect from you to ensure that our community is protected against unauthorized access, to use e-mail to diagnose problems with the server or to administer the Web Site, and to contact you when necessary. In addition, AAPS may sell, lease or otherwise provide the contact information you give in the membership application to third parties for pharmaceutical industry-related goods and services. AAPS shall permit such sale, lease or provision only (a) for a one-time use by the third party and (b) when AAPS has reviewed and approved the use by the third party.

AAPS collects cookies on our Web site to capture information about page visits. This information is anonymous and AAPS uses this information only internally - to deliver the most effective content to our visitors. Information from the cookies is used to gauge page opularity, analyze traffic patterns on our site and guide development of other improvements to our site. AAPS does not require that you accept cookies, however, some functionality on our Web site, our product or service check-out process, and products and services may be disabled if you decline to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. You may also change your cookie settings through preferences options in our products and/or services, where applicable. AAPS never gives away information about our users. If you choose to e-mail us and provide personally identifiable information about yourself, AAPS will use this information only to respond to your inquiry. AAPS will not sell, rent or otherwise disclose that information to third parties unless such disclosure is necessary for the purposes set forth in this Policy, by law or a policy or notice contained or associated with a specific AAPS product or service.

AAPS uses analytics data and the DoubleClick cookie to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to our website.  Site visitors may opt out of the DoubleClick cookie by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page or they may opt out of Google Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics opt-out page.

Google has additional information available about their Remarketing Privacy Guidelines, Policies, and Restrictions.

If our privacy policy changes, we will notify all users by a special announcement on the Web Site.


Minors, as defined by the jurisdiction from you are accessing this Web Site, are not permitted to subscribe to or use the Web Site.


If you do not want personally identifiable information that you provide on the Web Site's membership application to be disclosed to third parties as described above, you may opt out and elect not to have the information shared with third parties. AN OPT-OUT BOX WILL APPEAR WHEN YOU PROVIDE ANY REQUESTED INFORMATION.


Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on your hard disk for future use. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about you over the Internet or to analyze any information that you have knowingly or unknowingly provided. This Web Site uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity and to enable the server to recognize your computer.

Retargeting Policy:

AAPS uses third parties such as network advertisers to serve advertisements on our Site and on third-party websites or other media (e.g., social networking platforms). Read the full Retargeting Privacy Policy here.


This Web Site contains links to other web sites. We have no control over and are not responsible for the content, privacy policies or reliability of such sites.

Public Forums:

We may make various public forums and functions available to you. Any information you choose to share when using any of these forums or functions becomes public information. It is incumbent upon you to exercise caution in deciding whether to disclose any personal information.


We use encryption and other technology to store personal information gathered online in an attempt to provide a secure environment that is protected from unauthorized third party access, alteration, theft, or misuse.


You may change or modify information that you have already provided via phone toll free 1-877-998-AAPS within the U.S. and Canada, or +1 703-243-2800 from elsewhere.


Questions, concerns, or comments about this privacy policy, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website?


AAPS Scientific Opinions and Comments Policy (PDF)

AAPS’ mission is to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. In fulfilling this mission, AAPS convenes conferences, workshops, and other meetings to advance scientific, regulatory, and policy topics. AAPS members also gather in the AAPS Communities for open scientific discussions for the same purpose. Work products that arise from these activities should represent the best-founded scientific data and agreed opinion of the scientific experts of the association. This policy provides a framework for the process by which such documents should be reviewed and approved by AAPS leadership. A separate AAPS Guide for Authors of Scientific, Regulatory, and Policy Opinions provides guidance to authors on the preparation and submission of such documents.


Code of Ethics

AAPS member scientists recognize their special obligations to society and the public welfare.  They use their expertise with integrity to advance the health and welfare of mankind.  In their scientific pursuits they:


  • Conduct their work in a manner that adheres to the highest principles of scientific research so as to merit the confidence and trust of peers and the public in particular regarding the rights of human subjects and concern for the proper use of animals involved and provision for suitable safeguards against environmental damage.
  • Avoid scientific misconduct and expose it when encountered. AAPS uses the current federal definition of scientific misconduct, 65 FR 76260-76264:  Fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or reporting research results.
  • Recognize latitude for differences of scientific opinion in the interpretation of scientific data and that such differences of opinion do not constitute unethical conduct.
  • Disclose sources of external financial support for, or significant financial interests in the content of, research reports/publications and avoid the manipulation of the release of such information for illegal financial gain.
  • Report results accurately, stating explicitly any known or suspected bias, opposing efforts to improperly modify data or conclusions an offering professional advice only on those subjects concerning which they regard themselves competent through scientific education, training or experience.
  • Respect the known ownership rights of others in scientific research and seek prior authorization from the owner before disclosure or use of such information including the contents of manuscripts submitted for pre-publication review.
  • Support in their research and among their employers the participation and employment of all qualified persons regardless of race, gender, creed or national origin.


Volunteer Travel Policy

Travel Support and Reimbursement
AAPS offers travel support with the goal of bringing the best possible scientific knowledge to an event. This philosophy applies to all AAPS programs including PharmSci 360, webinars, workshops, etc. AAPS uses a variety of strategies to support speakers’ participation in events. To understand how AAPS approaches the use of its resources, read the following information closely. All travel support and reimbursement opportunities will be determined during the business-planning process by staff and
are subject to limitations and individual confirmation prior to any event.

Whether travelships are appropriate for an event, and the qualifications for them and method of distribution, is determined by staff during the business-planning process. They must fill a critical need to bring science to a meeting, and must be reasonable and financially sustainable based on the event size and audience demographic. Travelships are not an option for every event.

Speaker Reimbursement
AAPS recognizes that volunteer time and contributions are vital to our organization’s success and we highly value the leaders who help us advance our mission. As a non-profit organization, AAPS is unable to provide full travel reimbursement and full conference complimentary registrations to all volunteers. Only AAPS Staff can approve, manage, and allocate funding for reimbursement and this will be communicated prior to the event. 


For questions or updated information on this policy, please contact our Meetings team.


AAPS Community Documents

The AAPS Communities Guide documents are a resource for community volunteers and are organized by topic to help you quickly find the information you need.

The AAPS Communities Code of Conduct is available on the communities website

If you have any questions, email Maria Nadeau, director of membership & communities, or call +1.703.248.4709.