About the ACCME

Last Revised:
February 25, 2014
Published on:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yes. The February 2014 changes to ACCME’s accreditation requirements and processes apply to all accredited providers within the ACCME accreditation system. ACCME Recognized Accreditors are responsible for implementing these changes...

Last Revised:
April 21, 2017
Published on:
Friday, February 3, 2012

Yes.  The American Medical Association (AMA) and ACCME developed a shared glossary of terms and definitions since both organizations regulate the shared system of...

Last Revised:
March 22, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

Last Revised:
April 23, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

No, you do not. Some Criteria address your overall CME program, while others relate to CME activities. For each CME activity, you need to demonstrate compliance with Criteria 2 - 6, which address educational planning and delivery....

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Yes, the accredited provider must report the full amount of commercial support received, even if the commercial support is distributed to other non-accredited joint providers.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes. Please see the Rule Making Policy at ACCME for information about this process.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The following institutions are eligible to seek accreditation directly from the ACCME: 

  • State medical societies;
  • Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME)-accredited schools of medicine;
  • National...
Last Revised:
August 7, 2014

Yes.  Non-US based organizations are encouraged to apply for accreditation. The ACCME does require that all organizations located or incorporated outside...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The complaints process and findings are kept confidential by the ACCME, with the exception of the ACCME's response to a lawful subpoena or other legal process. The ACCME does reserve the right to make...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME is committed to ensuring that accredited providers have tools and resources to help them meet ACCME policies and standards. Educational opportunities include resources available through the ACCME...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No, there is no requirement that the provider have a CME committee.

Last Revised:
March 29, 2016

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, you are required to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME Process for Handling Complaints Regarding ACCME Accredited Providers requires that all complaints submitted "confirm the name, US Postal Service address and contact information of the person...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Hours of instruction equals the total hours of educational instruction provided.  For example, if a one-day course lasts eight (8) hours (not including breaks or meals), then total hours of instruction reported for that...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Joint providers are expected to routinely have a role in making decisions about the elements of the planning process specified in SCS 1.1. Since these decisions must be "made free of the control of a...

Last Revised:
June 25, 2014

For brochures, the ACCME does not have any rules or requirements for name placement, brochure content, cover design, interior layout, font size, or formatting. Brochure design and associated content are left to the provider's...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes, if educational material from a live activity is turned into an enduring material, the enduring material is considered a separate activity.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME has a multitiered accreditation process for evaluating CME providers’ compliance with the ACCME’s requirements. As an additional safeguard, the ACCME has a Process for Handling Complaints Regarding...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Criterion 1 says, "expected results articulated in terms of changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes that will be the result of the program." What definition of "competence" is ACCME using?...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME accredits organizations that produce CME activities. The accreditation process includes the review of CME activities for the demonstration of compliance with the ACCME's requirements. For more information, see ACCME's...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

No. See ACCME's policy on joint providership for more information.

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