The ACCME participated in the following international events this spring as part of its ongoing efforts to support collaboration in the global CME community.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, participated in the April meeting of the CPD Provider Accreditation Standards Working Group. Convened by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the working group is creating a common set of accreditation standards for continuing professional development provider organizations in Canada. The ACCME’s membership in the working group builds on a relationship between the Canadian CME system and the ACCME that dates from 1984.
- The ACCME and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada convened the Third International Forum on CPD Accreditation, held in May in Toronto. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated on behalf of the ACCME. The purpose of the Forum is to build an international leadership community for developing and implementing CPD/CME accreditation systems, and to foster collaboration and supportive relationships between the systems. Participants discussed the "Consensus Statement on CPD/CME Accreditation Systems," which was developed by participants from 13 countries at the 2010 Forum. The consensus statement describes a set of common values, principles, and metrics that CPD accreditation systems can incorporate, while respecting the context and culture of each country.
Ms. Regnier and Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, participated in the CME Congress 2012, held in May in Toronto. Ms. Regnier participated in a panel presentation about interprofessional performance-in-practice. She explained how the joint accreditation process supports interprofessional collaborative practice and explained its background, implementation, and benefits. The process was launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her fellow panelists included representatives from the ACPE and the ANCC.