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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 the...
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Yes. Verbal disclosure to the provider is acceptable as long as the provider can verify for the ACCME at accreditation what information was collected for the conflict of interest identification...
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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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There is no CME reason for commercial supporters to review and comment on CME content prior to its delivery to learners. CME providers can receive commercial support from industry.  CME...
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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...
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No. For guidance on the nature of documentation that the ACCME will expect to review at the time of reaccreditation, please see the ACCME's performance-in-practice review requirements and instructions and...
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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...
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Joint providers are expected to routinely have a role in making decisions about the elements of the planning process specified in SCS 1.1. Since these decisions must be "made free...
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An accredited provider is required to retain activity files/records during the current accreditation term or for the last twelve months, whichever is longer. For more information, see the ACCME's policy...
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Yes, as long as the CME activity complies with the ACCME's Accreditation Criteria, including the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM. For more information, please see this ACCME News...
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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...
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See the ACCME's definition of a commercial interest.
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The ACCME provides detailed instructions for submitting a self-study report during the accreditation process in the ACCME's Guide to the Accreditation Process. The most recent version of this guide can...
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See Determining Your Eligibility for ACCME Accreditation for more information.
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See Determining Your Eligibility for ACCME Accreditation for more information.
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The process of seeking first-time, or "initial" accreditation from the ACCME generally takes twelve to eighteen months. The reaccreditation process for providers that are already ACCME-accredited takes approximately fifteen months....
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The following institutions are eligible to seek accreditation directly from the ACCME:  State medical societies; Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME)-accredited schools of medicine; National physician membership organizations; National medical specialty societies; and other organizations...
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For brochures, the ACCME does not have any rules or requirements for name placement, brochure content, cover design, interior layout, font size, or formatting. Brochure design and associated content are...

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