Accreditation Requirements

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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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November 11, 2011

Through self-assessment or self-audit, the physicians in an ACCME accredited group practice might identify the following professional practice gap:

Professional Practice Gap = "We are not identifying any...

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November 11, 2011

No. If there is any relevant financial relationship, there is a conflict of interest. A mechanism to resolve conflicts of interest must be implemented in all such cases.

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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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

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November 11, 2011

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

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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011
  • 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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November 11, 2011

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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November 11, 2011

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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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

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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