Ensuring the Independence of Jointly Sponsored CME Activities

The ACCME received a letter regarding an enduring material offered by an accredited provider in joint providership with a nonaccredited provider. The topic of the activity was XYZ disease management. The complainant expressed concerns regarding the use of trade names and discussion of products, and claimed that the activity did not present a balanced view of therapeutic options. The ACCME asked the provider about its compliance with Accreditation Criteria 2, 7 (Standards for Commercial Support℠ 1, 2, and 6), 9, and 10.

The provider described the history of its joint provider relationship with the nonaccredited provider. It submitted information to demonstrate that the activity was developed based on the professional practice gaps of its own learners. The provider verified that all individuals in control of content provided disclosure information and that it identified and resolved conflicts of interest.  The provider described implementation of a peer review process in which two independent individuals reviewed activity content and determined there was no commercial bias in the activity. The provider explained that the comparisons drawn in the activity between two products were impartial, balanced, and did not promote a specific proprietary interest of any commercial interest.

The matter was closed and the provider received a Notice of Compliance.

For More Information
ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support
ACCME Policy on Joint Providership

Published Date: 
Friday, February 18, 2011
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