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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...
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Yes. A provider can implement practices to designate different categories of commercial supporters for different amounts of commercial support.
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ACCME has never recommended withholding CME credit at the last minute as an alternative to producing CME that is in compliance with accreditation requirements. It does not seem fair to...
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No. The Provider or its agents (e.g., staff, managers, educational partners or joint providers) must decide what commercial support will be accepted and how it will be spent or used.
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No. The commercial support must go first to the provider or a provider's joint provider or a provider's educational partner.
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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...
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There is no CME reason for commercial supporters to review and comment on CME content prior to its delivery to learners. An accredited provider would be out of compliance with...
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Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity.
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Yes . Resolving conflicts of interest means individuals taking explicit actions prior to the educational activity to create CME content that is valid and free of commercial bias -- even...
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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.
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No. The ACCME expects providers to disqualify all individuals each time they refuse to provide information on their relevant financial relationships.
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Yes. Please keep in mind that these are only suggested mechanisms. Each provider will want to design and adopt a mechanism that works best for its structure and type of...
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No. The provider cannot delegate the responsibility for resolving the conflict of interest to the person with the conflict of interest. However, an individual who controls CME content can be...
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Yes. Refusal to disclose is not limited to the explicit act of saying "no" to a provider's request for such information. Unresponsiveness that precludes the provider from implementing a mechanism...
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The ACCME expects that this is a rare event and expects that providers would have plans to manage this contingency as part of their institutional mechanisms for resolving conflicts of...
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You must not carry on with the activity under these circumstances. The person cannot participate if they refuse to disclose because conflicts of interest can neither be identified nor resolved.
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Yes. That documentation would verify that the first step of a mechanism for identifying conflicts of interest is in place. That would document for ACCME that the Provider knew the...
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Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock...
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Yes, with specific limits and expectations. Education on devices is a special-use case in accredited CME. Some equipment contains labeling requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These...
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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...

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