Call for Comment: Simplifying the Accreditation Requirements and Process

Open for comment on : 
December 17, 2013
Closed on: 
January 31, 2014

On December 17, 2013, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) issued a call for public comment about its proposal to simplify the accreditation requirements and process, in accordance with its Rule-Making Policy. The comment period ended January 31, 2014.


The call for comment continued the ACCME’s ongoing process of engagement with the CME and stakeholder community about the simplification and evolution of the accreditation requirements and process. The proposed changes in the call for comment included:

  • Simplifying and removing some of the Accreditation Criteria and policy requirements
  • Changing terminology from “joint sponsorship” to “joint providership”
  • Implementing the policy change prohibiting the use of logos of ACCME-defined commercial interests in commercial support acknowledgments
  • Offering providers an abstract as an ACCME-approved tool to use when verifying performance-in-practice
  • Simplifying the process for organizations applying for initial accreditation

For more background, please see the ACCME Simplification and Evolution Web page.

Summary of Responses

There were 245 respondents to the call for comment. The ACCME thanks those who submitted comments. The ACCME considers the comments and the names of those authoring the comments to be public information that may be published on the ACCME's Web site. We have published the Call for Comment Summary and Responses: Simplifying the Accreditation Requirements and Process. This PDF includes the summary and analysis of the responses, the ACCME Board of Directors decision, the full text of the responses, and the call for comment survey.

ACCME Board of Directors Decisions

The ACCME’s Board of Directors reviewed and analyzed the responses and adopted the changes to the Accreditation Criteria, policies, and accreditation process on February 11, 2014.

The Board decided to defer adoption, pending further discussion, of the changes to the Standards for Commercial Support to prohibit the use of commercial interest logos in the acknowledgment of commercial support.

More Information

News Release: Accreditation Council for CME Announces Simplification of Accreditation Requirements and Process

Call for Comment Summary and Responses: Simplifying the Accreditation Requirements and Process

Call for Comment on Simplification: An audio commentary by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO

ACCME Releases Call for Comment on Simplification Proposal

ACCME Simplification and Evolution Web Page