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.
On March 21, 2014, the Board adopted the changes to the Standards for Commercial Support to prohibit the use of ACCME-defined commercial interest logos in the acknowledgment of commercial support.
"Continuing the Separation of Education from Promotion: Prohibiting the Use of Commercial Interest Logos in Commercial Support Disclosure," A video commentary with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO