Accreditation Requirements

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The ACCME considers financial relationships to create actual conflicts of interest in CME when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect...

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Meals or social events compete with educational events when they happen at the same time in a different location or when they are the main attraction at the educational activity.

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No. Typically these cards contain only initial, preliminary information like the activity date and location. If more specific information is included, such as faculty and objectives, the accreditation statement must be included....

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In accredited CME, when an individual's interests are aligned with those of a commercial interest, the interests of the provider are in "conflict" with the interests of the public. The interests of the...

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No. This stipulation implies a control of content and would be cause for Noncompliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support:...

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This allows the learners to distinguish between missing disclosure information and the circumstances where there is nothing to disclose.

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Yes. A Provider would not be out of compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support.

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An accredited provider is required to retain activity files/records during the current accreditation term or for the last twelve months, whichever is longer. For more information, see the ACCME's policy on...

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Yes. The funds from commercial support may be used by the Provider to pay for the cost of the activity including for example, the distribution of certificates and other mailings, as required.

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  • In journal-based CME there cannot be an advertisement within the pages of the article on which the activity is based. There can be advertisements between articles.
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This activity still needs to be available for review by the ACCME - even if it has been "retired." When an Internet CME activity is no longer available online, the accredited provider may submit the internet...

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Examples of a "non-educational strategy to enhance or facilitate change as an adjunct to activities or educational interventions" would be, 1) implementing a mechanism to send reminders to participants following CME activities (e.g...

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No . "We read the content of each presentation, looking for commercial bias and content that is not supported by evidence" is a mechanism to identify commercial bias and invalid content but it does nothing to change...

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Yes. Scholarships for Residents and Fellows fall under the purview of other organizations' guidelines and standards (e.g., See the Ethical Opinion 9.6.2 (d) of the...

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ACCME-accredited providers must provide CME that contains content which falls within the definition of CME. The content of such CME must not promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are known to...

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Criterion 2 requires that the educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of learners be incorporated into the CME activities. However, the CME provider does not have to collect that needs...

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No. The ACCME expects providers to disqualify all individuals each time they refuse to provide information on their relevant financial relationships.

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The ACCME intends for the CME Provider to be the one to decide how much people are paid for their services as planners, faculty, and authors in CME activities.

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No. Criterion 21 requires that the provider, "participates within a institutional or system framework for quality improvement", but does not specify the manner in which this is achieved. Criterion 21 is required to achieve...

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No. It is not necessary to collect disclosure information on relevant financial relationships from a speaker, planner, or author each and every time that individual has control over the content of a CME activity....

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CME must be free of commercial bias. CME must not promote products or services. CME must promote improvements in healthcare. A "balanced view" means that recommendations or emphasis must fairly represent, and be based on, a...

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The ACCME offered several alternatives for corporate restructuring that met its requirements. For example, the ACCME determined that an accredited CME provider can have a sister corporation that is a commercial interest, as well as...

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Yes. It contains logistical and organizational information and not education materials. It contains maps and floor plans but not slides and not abstracts.

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