Ensuring Independence

Last Revised:
August 22, 2013
Published on:
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The ACCME defines 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 does not consider providers...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Report any in-kind (non-monetary) commercial support received for an activity by indicating the nature of the in-kind support. You should not estimate the dollar value of in...

Last Revised:
April 23, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

No, according to Standard 6.4 of the Standards for Commercial SupportSM...

Last Revised:
April 23, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

ACCME insists on the separation of education from all promotional activities, materials and messages. Many providers create a print or text based document that goes along with an activity and provides...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME considers financial relationships to create actual conflicts of interest in CME when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect...

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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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November 11, 2011

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

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Yes. The new CME activity, must demonstrate compliance with all applicable ACCME accreditation requirements, including faculty disclosure and acknowledgement of any commercial support (SCS 6).

 

Last Revised:
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.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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

Last Revised:
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...

Last Revised:
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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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME expects providers to disqualify all individuals each time they refuse to provide information on their relevant financial relationships.

Last Revised:
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...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. It is not necessary to collect disclosure information on relevant financial relationships from a speaker, planner, or author each and every time that individual has control over the content of a CME activity....

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME intends for the CME Provider to be the one to decide how much people are paid for their services as planners, faculty, and authors in CME activities.

Last Revised:
June 25, 2014

All funds that originate from ACCME-defined commercial interests and are paid to reserve space to hold accredited CME activities (sometimes called satellite symposia) in conjunction with other organizations...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME offered several alternatives for corporate restructuring that met its requirements. For example, the ACCME determined that an accredited CME provider can have a sister corporation that is a commercial interest, as well as...

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November 11, 2011

CME must be free of commercial bias. CME must not promote products or services. CME must promote improvements in healthcare. A "balanced view" means that recommendations or emphasis must fairly represent, and be based on, a...

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November 11, 2011

No. The provider must ensure that the content of the CME truly remains beyond the control of the commercial supporter. The process to develop the CME must be independent of the commercial interest. Providers must not allow...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes. It contains logistical and organizational information and not education materials. It contains maps and floor plans but not slides and not abstracts.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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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