What is a Disclosure Statement

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Disclosure Statement

Committee members of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) and those authorized to comment and experts who take part in its deliberations must, in accordance with the G-BA's rules of procedure, disclose facts that potentially influence their independence on the respective subject under discussion (1st chapter, 5th section of the Rules of Procedure).

The G-BA provides two different forms for different groups of people to submit the disclosure declaration:

Form 1 applies to

  • expert
  • Representatives of those entitled to comment who take part in oral deliberations or hearings of the G-BA

Form 2 applies to

  • Committee members, their deputies and advisors including the impartial members
  • Patient representatives
  • Representatives of the organizations to be involved in accordance with Section 137 of Book V of the Social Code (e.g. Federal (Dental) Medical Association, professional organizations of the nursing professions, Association of Private Health Insurance, Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists, Association of German Dental Technicians Guilds)
  • Employees of the office and
  • Employees of the institutes according to ยงยง 137a and 139a SGB V

Deputies are currently not asked by the management to make a statement. It is your responsibility to submit the declaration when you attend the meeting.

Employees of ministries and higher federal authorities (such as RKI, PEI, BfArM) as well as the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information are exempt from the declaration obligation, as separate regulations ensure that they carry out their work free of conflicts of interest. Statutory confidentiality and secrecy obligations, such as those that apply to doctors or lawyers, must be observed and therefore take precedence over the disclosure obligation.