Can an accredited provider ask a commercial interest for suggestions related to topics or speakers for CME?

Last Revised: 
May 19, 2015

No. There is no reason for the CME provider to request suggestions for speakers or topics from commercial interests, since it is unacceptable to act upon their suggestions. CME providers can receive commercial support from industry.  CME providers cannot receive guidance, either nuanced or direct, from an ACCME-defined  commercial interest  on the content of the activity or on who should deliver that content. If the provider implements the suggestions of the commercial interest then this creates a situation where the independence of CME from the commercial interest is seriously undermined. The provider must ensure that the content of the CME remains beyond the control of any commercial interest. The process to develop the CME must be independent of any commercial interest. Accredited providers must not allow commercial interests to directly (SCS 1.1) or indirectly (SCS 3.2) control the content of CME.

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