Ensuring the Independence of CME Activities

The ACCME received promotional material from a complainant regarding an Internet enduring material activity about medication adherence and treatment outcome within a class of drug therapies. The material suggested that the provider may have developed the activity because funding was available from a commercial interest, rather than because the content addressed the educational needs of its own learners.

The ACCME asked the accredited provider for more information about its compliance with the ACCME’s Accreditation Criteria 2, 3, 7 (Standard for Commercial Support 1: Independence), 10 (Standard for Commercial Support 5: Content and Format without Commercial Bias), and the Content Validation Policy. The organization was asked to submit information to demonstrate that the activity in question was in compliance with ACCME requirements.

The provider described and documented that the activity was designed internally by staff and presented reports and data to show how it incorporates into activities the educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of its own learners, as required by Criterion 2. The provider explained its process to ensure that the activity was developed independently of commercial interests (Criterion 7) and promoted improvements in health care and not the proprietary interests of a commercial interest (Criterion 10).

The ACCME issued a Notice of Compliance to the accredited provider and the matter was closed.

For More Information
ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support
ACCME Content Validation Policy

Published Date: 
Friday, February 18, 2011
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