ACCME Clarifies Management of Payments to Reserve Space for CME Activities Held in Conjunction with Other Organizations’ Meetings

January 22, 2013
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Tamar Hosansky

Managing and Reporting Funds From Commercial Interests for Satellite CME Activities

In response to questions and input from accredited providers, the ACCME has issued a clarification concerning the management and reporting of payments to reserve space for accredited CME activities (sometimes called satellite symposia) held in conjunction with other organizations’ meetings.

  • All funds that originate from an ACCME-defined commercial interest and are paid to reserve space to hold accredited CME activities are considered commercial support.
  • As with all commercial support, these funds must be paid directly to the accredited provider responsible for the activity or to a designated nonaccredited joint provider.

The accredited provider responsible for the activity that is held in the reserved space must manage and report the funds as commercial support, in accordance with ACCME commercial support requirements (Standards for Commercial Support and related policies).

Accredited providers are expected to comply with this clarification when planning and implementing future activities. We do not expect accredited providers to comply with this clarification retroactively. Accredited providers do not have to revise agreements or plans that are already underway or resubmit or re-categorize financial information that has already been submitted into the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

We have provided a Q&A in support of this clarification. If you have further questions, please contact us at