Why did the ACCME eliminate Criteria 14 and 15?

Published Date: 
March 14, 2014

Criteria 14 and 15 were eliminated in February 2014 as part of the changes to simplify the accreditation requirements and process because they were redundant to Criteria 11-13. This change streamlines the Accreditation Criteria while retaining the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle, which is integral to the ACCME’s expectations. Criteria 1-3 align with the Plan-Do steps of the cycle by requiring providers to have a mission statement that includes expected results, to base their activities on professional practice gaps, and to generate activities designed to change learners’ competence, performance, or patient outcomes as described in their mission statement. Criteria 11-13 align with the Study-Act steps of the cycle by requiring providers to analyze the changes in their learners; to analyze the degree to which they have met their mission; and to identify, plan, and implement changes to their programs. 

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