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