Resources for Implementing the Standards for Commercial Support

Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The ACCME has compiled this collection of resources to help providers understand and implement Accreditation Criteria 7-10  the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM (SCS).  Included in this tutorial are materials that were originally published in 2004 and 2005 after the release of the 2004 Updated SCS*, as well as links to key educational resources available on the ACCME Web site.  If you have any follow-up questions about the SCS, please feel free to Contact Us.

*Please note: The 2004 Updated Standards for Commercial Support are the same Standards that are currently in effect and are now usually referred to as the Standards for Commercial Support or SCS.  


Educational Tool from September 2004 News Release: "ACCME Member Organizations Approve 2004 Updated Standards for Commercial Support"


Resources from "Tools to Support Implementation of the ACCME Updated SCS" (January 2005)

In September of 2004, the ACCME member organizations unanimously approved the 2004 Updated ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities. The 2004 Updated Standards replaced the 1992 ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.  To facilitate accredited providers' review and implementation of the SCS, the ACCME released "Tools to Support Implementation of the ACCME Updated SCS." Many of the sample letters and forms included in that toolkit have been utilized by the provider community and are included here for providers' continued reference.  

Please note: These implementation tools are not interpretations of the SCS or related policies.  They were developed in response to provider requests and are intended to offer providers examples and resources to support the implementation of the SCS. Organizations should feel free to adapt these tools to their specific CME programs. Providers are not required or expected to use these resources.

Self-assessment Tools

Education Tools

Sample forms and letters



The following are ACCME policies that supplement the Standards for Commercial Support:


Ask ACCME — Written FAQs

In response to providers' requests for clarification about the Standards for Commercial Support, the ACCME compiled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that reside in the Ask ACCME section of the website.  Here are the most commonly asked questions:


Video FAQs

In addition to the written FAQs, the ACCME has produced video FAQs about the Standards for Commercial Support.  Here are a few of those videos:



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