What is an example of a corporate structure that meets the ACCME's requirements for independence?

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 a parent corporation that is not a commercial interest, as long as each corporation is a separate legal entity and there are proper firewalls in place. The corporation that is the CME provider:

  1. is not owned or controlled by a commercial interest;
  2. has separate management;
  3. is the employer of record;
  4. has a governance structure separate from the governance structure of the commercial interest; and
  5. receives any funds from a commercial interest only as commercial support.
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