As we conduct accreditation reviews we seek to identify recurring issues that need to be brought to the accredited provider community’s attention for correction. We bring the following examples and resources to your attention in order to support your efforts to meet ACCME requirements.
- Ensuring Independence in CME about Discovery/Research: The ACCME recognizes that it is important for accredited CME to include reporting about discovery and research and appreciates that providers face complex challenges when determining how to integrate this content into accredited CME while safeguarding independence. The ACCME has issued guidance for these circumstances. If you include employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests as faculty or planners in accredited activities that address the commercial interest’s research, you must have a rigorous system of internal controls in place to ensure independence—or you will be found in noncompliance with Criterion 7 (Standard for Commercial Support 1.1–Independence). For more information, please see the following resources:
"Can accredited CME include the oral (e.g., presentations) or written reporting (e.g., abstracts) of 'scientific research' conducted by ACCME-defined commercial interests that is reported by employees of those commercial interests?" A written Q&A.
"What do I need to know about the role of employees of commercial interests in the planning and delivery of continuing medical education activities?" A video with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive
- Optional Links in Internet-based CME: If you use optional links in electronic CME activities that allow learners to go directly to the CME content and bypass information that you are required to give to learners prior to their engagement with the activity, as specified in Standard for Commercial Support 6: Disclosures Relevant to Potential Commercial Bias, such as disclosure of relevant financial relationships or receipt of commercial support, you may be found in noncompliance with Criterion 7 (Standard for Commercial Support 6–Disclosures Relevant to Potential Commercial Bias). For more information, please see the following resources:
Is it acceptable to provide a link within an electronic CME activity that participants can click on, if they choose, in order to access the disclosure information specified in the Standards for Commercial Support?
Is it acceptable to provide a link within an Internet CME activity that participants can click on, if they choose, in order to access the required information specified in the ACCME’s enduring materials and internet CME policies?