Presentation at ACC Meeting: Safeguarding CME from Commercial Influence
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation at ACC.14, the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo, held in March in Washington, DC. He described the ACCME’s approach for ensuring the free flow of scientific exchange, while safeguarding accredited CME from commercial influence. The Standards for Commercial Support ℠: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities (SCS) provide a framework for preventing commercial bias by requiring the disclosure of relevant financial relationships and the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest. Dr. Kopelow explained that the accreditation requirements are designed to ensure that accredited CME is independent, based on valid content, and driven by the educational needs of healthcare professionals.