Within the framework of the ACCME’s requirements, there is an opportunity for ACCME-accredited providers to plan and implement CME activities with organizations that are not accredited by ACCME. This approach, called “joint providership,” accounts for a sizable portion* of the CME conducted annually by ACCME-accredited providers.
To ensure that joint providership contributes to the planning and implementation of CME activities in compliance with ACCME expectations, accredited providers should be aware of the due diligence required.
*Please refer to our annual reports for data about jointly provided activities.
Accountability of the ACCME-accredited Provider
The ACCME expects all CME activities to be in compliance with the ACCME Criteria, the Standards for Commercial Support, and policies (accreditation requirements). In cases of joint providership, it is the ACCME-accredited provider’s responsibility to be able to demonstrate this compliance to the ACCME. Additionally, several ACCME Policies outline specific requirements for joint providership.
Who is Eligible to Engage in Joint Providership?
ACCME-accredited providers with an accreditation status of “Provisional Accreditation – 2 years”, “Accreditation – 4 years”, or “Accreditation with Commendation – 6 years” are permitted to engage in joint providership. If an ACCME-accredited provider receives an accreditation status of “Probation,” it may not jointly provide CME activities with nonaccredited providers, with the exception of those activities that were contracted prior to the probation decision. (A provider that is placed on Probation must inform the ACCME of all existing joint providership relationships, and must notify its current contracted joint providers of its probationary status.)
ACCME-defined commercial interests cannot engage in the joint providership of accredited CME activities.