What impact will the 2014 changes to simplify ACCME’s accreditation requirements and processes have on the accreditation process for accredited CME providers?

Published Date: 
February 25, 2014
Last Revised: 
February 25, 2014

Effective February 2014, no organization will be evaluated for compliance for ACCME requirements or policies that were removed as a result of the ACCME’s 2014 simplification of its accreditation requirements and processes. This applies to organizations regardless of what stage of the accreditation process they are in. Specific scenarios are summarized below:

Organizations in the March 2014 decision cohort, will not be reviewed for compliance with the requirements that have been eliminated and their decisions will not reflect those requirements. For progress reports that had a noncompliance finding in one of the eliminated requirements, ACCME will provide feedback about the organization’s effectiveness in meeting those requirements, in support of the organization’s continuous improvement and in recognition of the work the organization did in the progress report process.

Organizations that have already submitted materials for reaccreditation do not need to resubmit or change those materials. The ACCME will ensure that those organizations will not be reviewed for any requirements that have been eliminated.

Organizations that are preparing for reaccreditation, should not change any of the materials that have already been prepared or materials that the organization is in the process of preparing. The ACCME will ensure that these organizations will not be reviewed for any requirements that have been eliminated.

Organizations in a future accreditation cohort will not need to submit materials related to compliance for the requirements that have been eliminated. 

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