The ACCME sought comment on a proposal regarding ACCME rule-making process. This Call for Comment opened on April 22, 2009 and closed on May 21, 2009.
A report including the responses as well as the ACCME's analysis of the responses is available here.
The full text of the Call for Comment was as follows:
Call for Comment -- ACCME Rule-Making Process
The ACCME is seeking comment from the public and the CME enterprise about the following policy:
Notice and Comment Procedure within the Rule Making Process at ACCME
1. The notice and comment procedures utilized by ACCME for the adoption of rules and policies which directly impact members and accredited providers (the “Notice and Comment Procedures”) shall not apply to matters relating to internal ACCME structure, management, personnel or business policy/practices.
2. (a) The Notice and Comment Procedures will only apply to matters which directly and materially impact the ability of accredited providers to conduct business.
(b) ACCME, in its sole discretion, will assess if any particular rule or policy will be subject to the Notice and Comment
3. If ACCME decides to seek and accept public comment or input, then the ACCME will publish the proposed rule or policy on its website and state that interested persons have an opportunity to submit written data, views, or arguments with or without opportunity for oral presentation.
4. If ACCME decides to seek and accept public comment or input, then at least 30 days will be given to provide that comment or input; provided, however, that if the ACCME determines that there is a pressing need for issuance of a rule or policy on an expedited basis, the ACCME may either shorten or eliminate the period of time during which public comments may be submitted.
5. After any period for public comment, the proposed rule or policy will be submitted to the ACCME Board of Directors. The ACCME Board of Directors may modify, reject, defer and/or adopt the proposed rule or policy. Subject to the rights of ACCME Members contained in Article III, Section 2(c) of the ACCME Bylaws, the decision of the ACCME Board of Directors shall be final and there shall be no appeal there from.