AMA/ACCME Alignment

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME have simplified and aligned their expectations for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

The  Framework for Simplification of Requirements for Accredited CME Activities Certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is designed to encourage innovation and flexibility in accredited CME while continuing to ensure that activities meet education standards and are independent of commercial influence.

Key Points

  • The AMA core requirements are aligned with ACCME accreditation requirements—and do not represent any new rules for accredited providers.
  • The AMA has simplified and reduced its learning format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers.
  • CME providers may design and deliver activities that use blended or new approaches to driving meaningful learning and change, as long as the provider abides by the core requirements.
  • CME providers may designate an activity format as “other” if it does not fall into one of the established format categories, without asking permission from the AMA.

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