Accredited CME providers have the option to aim to achieve Accreditation with Commendation, our mechanism for celebrating organizations that excel. Providers that earn this distinction are awarded a six-year accreditation term. To achieve commendation, providers must comply with Criteria 1-13 and choose one of the following two options.

  • Providers that will receive accreditation decisions between November 2017 and November 2019 will have the choice of using either Option A: Commendation Criteria (C16-C22) or Option B: Menu of New Commendation Criteria (C23-C38) to seek Accreditation with Commendation.
  • Providers that will receive accreditation decisions after November 2019 must use Option B: Menu of New Commendation Criteria (C23-C38) to seek Accreditation with Commendation.
Commendation Provider Mark

Option A: Commendation Criteria (C16-C22) reward providers that participate as strategic partners in quality initiatives within their institution, health system, or community through collaborative alliances; implement educational strategies to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change; and integrate CME into the process for improving professional practice. Providers must demonstrate compliance with Accreditation Criteria 1-22 to achieve commendation under this option.

Option B: Menu of Commendation Criteria (C23-C38) recognizes the achievements of organizations that advance interprofessional collaborative practice, address public health priorities, create behavioral change, show leadership, leverage educational technology, and demonstrate the impact of education on healthcare professionals and patients. See Menu of Commendation Criteria below for how to achieve commendation under this option.

For more information, please visit Commendation Resources.

Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation

Our goal is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes.

We want to recognize the achievements of organizations that advance interprofessional collaborative practice, address public health priorities, create behavioral change, show leadership, leverage educational technology, and demonstrate the impact of education on healthcare professionals and patients.

The Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation (PDF) can be used by any ACCME-accredited and state-accredited providers that are eligible to apply for Accreditation with Commendation. Please note that initial applicants are not eligible for Accreditation with Commendation.

As with the existing commendation criteria 16-22, compliance with the menu of commendation criteria is optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation. Providers will continue to achieve and retain Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Accreditation Criteria 1-13.

State-Accredited Providers should check with their Recognized Accreditor about the timeline for receiving accreditation materials about demonstrating compliance with the commendation criteria.

We adopted the menu approach to create flexibility, reflect the diversity of the CME community, and offer a pathway for all CME provider types to achieve Accreditation with Commendation.

To be eligible for Accreditation with Commendation using this menu (PDF), CME providers will need to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice, from any category—plus one criterion from the Achieves Outcomes category—for a total of eight criteria.

There are 16 commendation criteria, divided into 5 categories:

  • Promotes Team-based Education
  • Addresses Public Health Priorities
  • Enhances Skills
  • Demonstrates Educational Leadership
  • Achieves Outcomes