Are honoraria paid to planners, faculty, authors, or speakers in accredited CME activities considered to be a financial relationship with an ACCME-defined commercial interest if the CME activity receives commercial support? Should these payments be disclosed to the provider/learners per Standards 2 and 6?

Published Date: 
February 16, 2017

No. Standard 3 of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities requires that all commercial support received by an accredited provider for a CME activity be controlled and disbursed solely by the accredited provider, including payments to planners, authors or faculty/speakers. In contrast, any payments from ACCME-defined commercial interests to persons outside of accredited CME would be subject to disclosure as financial relationships (with a commercial interest) per Standard 2.1.

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