Accreditation Requirements

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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. CME providers can receive commercial support from industry.  CME providers cannot receive guidance, either...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. The agreement must describe the terms, conditions and purposes of the commercial support grant and be signed by the commercial supporter and the accredited provider.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. Distributing promotional material such as save the date cards, and not distributing the actual educational activity, would not be restricted by the ACCME's...

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November 11, 2011

An accredited provider must have mechanisms in place to record and, when authorized by the participating physician, verify participation for six years from the date of the CME activity. For more information, see the...

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June 25, 2014

No. The Provider or its agents (e.g., staff, managers, educational partners or joint providers) must decide what commercial support will be accepted and how it will be spent or used.

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November 11, 2011

This is a more detailed description of the requirements that must be followed if there is advertising in enduring materials. There can be advertising before and after the CME content of an enduring material but those advertisements...

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November 11, 2011

No, there are no special ACCME requirements for activities that ACCME-accredited providers hold overseas. All activities provided by ACCME-accredited providers must comply with ACCME's Accreditation...

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November 11, 2011

Let us say a CME provider set its mission so that the expected result of its program of CME was to change competence and was, "To enable learners to develop strategies for the identification of patients with drug addiction."

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November 11, 2011

Yes . Resolving conflicts of interest means individuals taking explicit actions prior to the educational activity to create CME content that is valid and free of commercial...

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November 11, 2011

Commercial support underwrites the provider's expenses for developing and presenting an activity. Commercial support can be used to pay for the expenses of teachers and authors as well others who are working for the provider on the...

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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...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. CME providers can offer activities designed to change knowledge. The emphasis now is on the CME provider knowing the "educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of their own...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. Refusal to disclose is not limited to the explicit act of saying "no" to a provider's request for such information. Unresponsiveness that precludes the provider from implementing a mechanism to identify and resolve COI is...

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November 11, 2011

Commercial Support for an activity is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of an activity. The definition of...

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November 11, 2011

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

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November 11, 2011

Yes. Verbal disclosure to the provider is acceptable as long as the provider can verify for the ACCME at accreditation what information was collected for the conflict of interest identification and resolution processes.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. An accredited provider can fulfill the expectations of SCS 3.4 to 3.6 by adopting a previously...

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November 11, 2011

Discussion of off-label uses are certainly allowed in CME activities. However, providers are no longer required to have a mechanism in place to ensure that off-label or investigational uses are disclosed as such. The ACCME adopted...

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November 11, 2011

As of August 2007 the ACCME defined a commercial interest as "any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients." The ACCME worked individually with...

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June 25, 2014

When there is commercial support there must be a written agreement that,

  • Itemizes how the Provider will use the commercial support in the development and presentation of the CME activity;
  • Itemizes the...
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November 11, 2011

It would depend on what the program book, with abstracts, is used for in relation to the CME activity. If the abstracts are referenced during the activity or serve as a component of the content, then there can be no advertising in...

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November 11, 2011

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

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June 25, 2014

No. The commercial support must go first to the provider or a provider's joint provider or a provider's educational partner.

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November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME has no specific policy on this matter. The decision is an organizational one for the provider.

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November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME does not require post-tests for any type of CME activity. In journal CME, some sort of challenge must be presented to the learner that is based on the content of the educational activity but we do not call it a post...

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