Ensuring Independence

Published on:
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...

Last Revised:
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...
Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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...

Last Revised:
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.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes. It is appropriate for an accounting of how the commercial support has been spent to be included in the written agreement between the Provider and the commercial supporter.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. This stipulation implies a control of content and would be cause for Noncompliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support:...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

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

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
  • 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 . "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:
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. The ACCME expects providers to disqualify all individuals each time they refuse to provide information on their relevant financial relationships.

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.

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