Accreditation Requirements

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November 11, 2011

No. ACCME accreditation is awarded to the organization that sought the accreditation and was able to demonstrate compliance with ACCME's Accreditation Requirements. See "Informing ACCME of Personnel or...

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November 11, 2011

No. Previous activity evaluations may contain expressions of need that underlie professional practice gaps.

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November 11, 2011

You must not carry on with the activity under these circumstances. The person cannot participate if they refuse to disclose because conflicts of interest can neither be identified nor resolved.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. ACCME considers meals arranged by the Provider in conjunction with an activity to be an appropriate part of the expenses of a meeting and can be paid for out of the commercial support.

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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.

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November 11, 2011

It is expected that CME providers will enhance the impact of CME in their system, or micro system, when they are in collaborative or cooperative alliances with other stakeholders in quality.

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February 16, 2017

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, ownership interest (e.g.,...

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November 11, 2011

No. All commercial support must be stipulated by a written agreement and must flow through the Provider and/or its educational partner. Only the Provider and/or its educational partner can make payments to...

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November 11, 2011

Informed learners are the final safeguards in assuring that a CME activity is independent from commercial influence. Regarding personal conflicts of interest, CME providers are to have in place mechanisms to identify and resolve...

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November 11, 2011

In SCS 4.5, the ACCME requires that accredited providers to use their own distribution channels for CME activities. To that extent, having a CME enduring material created for the exclusive purpose of use in promotional visits to...

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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...

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November 11, 2011

There is no CME reason for commercial supporters to review and comment on CME content prior to its delivery to learners. An accredited provider would be out of compliance with SCS 1.1 and...

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February 12, 2014

Yes. The new CME activity, must demonstrate compliance with all applicable ACCME accreditation requirements, including faculty disclosure and acknowledgement of any commercial support (SCS 6).

 

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November 11, 2011

Yes, evaluation of learners' change in competence, performance or patient outcomes is required.

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November 11, 2011

ACCME has never recommended withholding CME credit at the last minute as an alternative to producing CME that is in compliance with accreditation requirements. It does not seem fair to the physician learners. Assuming that in this...

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November 11, 2011

No. The Provider is not accountable to the ACCME for the content of advertising and exhibits. The information transferred in an advertisement or exhibit is not part of the Provider's program of continuing medical education...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME expects that providers will have policies or procedures in place to accommodate learners with disabilities. The ACCME's policy in this regard states, "The provider must operate the business and management policies and...

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November 11, 2011

This is an ACCME adaptation of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) definition of a gap in the quality of patient care where the gap is "the difference between health care processes or outcomes ...

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November 11, 2011

No. Compliance with SCS 2.1 requires that disclosure is made. Disclosing the same information repeatedly to the...

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November 11, 2011

Using commercial support to pay for modest meals and social events at CME activities has been allowed for years. However, providers must avoid making meals or social events longer or more important or more costly than the...

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May 19, 2015

Yes, with specific limits and expectations. Education on devices is a special-use case in accredited CME. Some equipment contains labeling requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME expects that the provider makes decisions related to the planning and implementation of CME activities without being directed or influenced by commercial interests.

A provider will be found in Noncompliance with...

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November 11, 2011

CME exists to support the physician change and learning -- so as to increase their ability to participate in providing quality healthcare or improved healthcare. ACCME expects that providers will always be able to demonstrate how...

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