Accreditation Requirements

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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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December 22, 2016

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

No. The accredited provider is required to record learner participation and be able to verify learner participation for six years from the date of the CME activity. See ACCME's policies on Attendance Records...

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November 11, 2011

No. The provider must ensure that the content of the CME truly remains beyond the control of the commercial supporter. The process to develop the CME must be independent of the commercial interest. Providers must not allow...

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

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November 11, 2011

Yes... at this point an assessment of change is required for each CME activity. The information is then analyzed by the CME provider in the context of the overall program's effectiveness. Criteria 11 and 12 require the provider to...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME expects that this is a rare event and expects that providers would have plans to manage this contingency as part of their institutional mechanisms for resolving conflicts of interest. Each provider is free to develop the...

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November 11, 2011

No, in this scenario the commercial interest is giving commercial support and buying promotional and sales opportunities. The commercial interest should buy advertising and...

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November 11, 2011

The decision regarding how you acknowledge their involvement or what words to use is up to you. See the ACCME's policies regarding the accreditation statement for a copy of the...

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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?...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. That documentation would verify that the first step of a mechanism for identifying conflicts of interest is in place. That would document for ACCME that the Provider knew the relevant financial relationships of the Committee...

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November 11, 2011

No they are not prohibited. Working and learning through meal time is an efficiency often included in bona fide CME activities.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity. This is money given to the provider to support the...

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November 11, 2011

YES. The provider always has the option to exclude some presentations or abstracts from their accredited program of CME or present this content in a track that is outside of but in conjunction with accredited CME. This option also...

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February 12, 2014

The ACCME expects that written agreements for commercial support will:

  • be between the accredited provider and commercial supporter. (This means that the accredited...
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November 11, 2011

No. Communication or distribution mechanisms that are owned or controlled by a commercial interest cannot be used to transmit or distribute continuing medical education activities to learners (e.g., a cable...

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