ACCME Reviews Feedback to Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process

August 27, 2013
Posted by: 
Tamar Hosansky

Stakeholder Responses to Simplification Proposal

The ACCME has reviewed and analyzed the feedback received via its online survey about the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” We appreciate the responses and look forward to our continued engagement with stakeholders.

As shown in the figure here, the vast majority of respondents expressed support for the proposed changes. Respondents also offered constructive suggestions and comments.

The ACCME Board of Directors reviewed the responses during its July meeting. The member organization liaisons shared positive feedback with the Board during a dialogue session held at the beginning of the meeting.

The ACCME will now further develop the Accreditation with Commendation menu concept and create a menu of potential new commendation criteria, integrating the ideas generated by the member organization liaisons, survey respondents, and other stakeholders.

The Board will continue to review and discuss the proposed changes at its upcoming meetings, most likely in December 2013 and/or March 2014. If the Board decides to take action to adopt the changes, the ACCME will issue a formal call for comment in accordance with its Rule-Making Policy, which allows stakeholders to provide input for at least 30 days. After that time, the ACCME Board can decide to continue with the changes as adopted or make modifications. 

Please note that the current requirements remain in place and accredited CME providers should continue to comply with them. Accredited providers should not make changes to their processes or programs in response to the proposal at this time. If and when we formally adopt changes, we will develop a transition plan and share that plan with you.

For more information about the proposal, please see our Simplification and Evolution Web page.