ACCME Participates in COPE Training Workshop on New COPE Accreditation Criteria

June 28, 2016
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Patty Harrison
The ACCME was pleased to participate in the Council on Optometry Practitioner Education (COPE) training workshop held in April. The workshop assisted optometric continuing education (CE) professionals in developing strategies to ensure their organizational compliance with COPE’s new Accreditation Criteria, the COPE Standards for Commercial Support, and COPE policies. 
Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME; and Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Executive Director & Director, Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), provided insights into the CE/CME planning process and facilitated a group discussion enabling workshop attendees to brainstorm strategies for using the new COPE processes to plan their programs.
The updated COPE Accreditation Criteria have been adopted from the criteria used in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health professions. Incorporating adult learning theory, they are designed to support equivalency and accreditation across the health professions and to support collaborative, interdisciplinary care for the purpose of improving patient outcomes and community health. Currently, COPE accredits individual activities. Starting in 2017, CE providers will be able to choose to become an accredited provider or to continue to have individual activity accreditation. COPE was created by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) to accredit CE on behalf of optometric licensing boards. 
The ACCME participated in the workshop as part of its ongoing, long-standing collaboration with COPE. For more than a decade, the two accreditors have been working together to support equivalency and share best practices in accreditation across the health professions. The COPE Standards for Commercial Support are based on the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM
"I commend COPE for its commitment to building collaboration and equivalency in accreditation across the health professions. We have a shared vision of educational principles and share a common purpose — to ensure that health professionals have access to a diverse array of high-quality, independent, relevant continuing education that meet their needs. I look forward to continuing to work together with COPE and our communities of CE providers and learners to leverage the power of education to improve healthcare for the patients we serve," said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME.
"We are excited to partner with ACCME, as we strengthen the COPE accreditation process and move toward equivalency and ultimately joint accreditation with other healthcare professions. We have a common vision of high quality continuing education that supports collaborative, inter-disciplinary care, better patient outcomes and improved community health. Equivalency for optometric continuing education will be a significant milestone for COPE and for optometry as a profession," said Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO, President, ARBO.
Read more about the COPE training workshop in the May issue of the Greensheet (PDF), ARBO’s newsletter.
Colleague accreditors ACCME and COPE have a long history of collaboration. From left: Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO, President, ARBO; Lisa Fennell, Executive Director, ARBO; Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME; and Jerry A. Richt, OD, Member, Board of Directors, ARBO
Speakers at the COPE training workshop (from left): Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO, President, ARBO; Jill Martinson-Redekopp, OD, COPE Committee Member; Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President, Education and Outreach, ACCME; Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Executive Director and Director, Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation, ACPE; Diana Durham, PhD, Associate Director for Accreditation, VHA EES; Lisa Fennell, Executive Director, ARBO