Accreditation Requirements

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

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

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

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

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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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