Upon completing the initial, reaccreditation or progress report process, your organization will receive an individualized ACCME decision report. The decision report is ACCME's formal notification to you of the accreditation status and term that your organization has been assigned. The decision report also summarizes ACCME's findings related to your compliance with the accreditation requirements.
The decision report will contain standard compliance language that describes the criteria for compliance with each requirement, and might also contain some specific language that explains ACCME's findings for some requirements.
CME providers that receive a decision of Probation or Nonaccreditation are entitled to participate in the ACCME’s Reconsideration and Appeals process.
For each applicable accreditation requirement, an accredited provider receives one of the following compliance findings:
- Compliance: The CME provider fulfilled the ACCME’s requirements for the specific criterion or policy.
- Noncompliance: The CME provider did not fulfill the ACCME’s requirements for the specific criterion or policy.
- Not applicable: The CME provider was not required to comply with the specific criterion or policy. For example, initial applicants must comply with Criteria 1, 2, 3, and 7–12 in order to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation and would receive a ruling of “not applicable” for the other Criteria. CME providers seeking reaccreditation would receive a finding of “not applicable” in policy areas that do not apply to the types of activities they produce.
- Evidence not submitted: The CME provider chose not to submit documentation to demonstrate compliance with Criteria 16–22. Providers applying for full reaccreditation must meet the requirements of Criteria 1–13, but are not required to demonstrate compliance with Criteria 16–22. If the CME provider chose not to submit documentation to demonstrate compliance for Criteria 16–22, the provider would receive a finding of “evidence not submitted” for those Criteria.
The ACCME compiles data on compliance with each of its criteria and policies and analyzes this information to assess providers’ educational needs and develop strategies for improving the accreditation process.