Are there any circumstances when employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests can be in a position to control the content of accredited CME?

Published Date: 
May 19, 2015
Last Revised: 
May 19, 2015

The use of employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests as faculty and planners or in other roles where they are in a position to control the content of accredited CME is prohibited, except in the specific situations specified here. The ACCME has identified 3  special-use cases where employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests can have a specific, limited role in accredited CME activities. In each scenario—as in every accredited CME activity—the expectations of ACCME’s Accreditation Requirements, including the Standards for Commercial Support, must be met.

1.       Employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests can control the content of accredited CME activities when the content of the CME activity is not related to the business lines or products of their employer.

2.       Employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests can control the content of accredited CME activities (e.g., as planners, authors, or speakers [including poster presentations]) when the content of the accredited CME activity is limited to basic science research (e.g., pre-clinical research, drug discovery) or the processes/methodologies of research, themselves unrelated to a specific disease or compound/drug. In these circumstances, the accredited provider must be able to demonstrate that it has implemented processes to ensure employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests have no control of CME activity content that is related to clinical applications of the research/discovery or clinical recommendations concerning the business lines or products of their employer.

3. Employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests can participate as technicians in accredited CME activities that teach the safe and proper use of medical devices. In this circumstance, the accredited provider must demonstrate that it implements processes to ensure that employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests have no control of CME activity content that is related to clinical recommendations concerning the business lines or products of their employer. 

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