Q&A about Modifications to Standards for Commercial Support
As we announced last month, the ACCME has modified its requirements to prohibit the use of ACCME-defined commercial interest logos in disclosure of commercial support. The changes include modifications to Standards for Commercial Support℠: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities (SCS) 4.3, SCS 6.4, and the Commercial Support Acknowledgment Policy, as shown in this news release.
The modifications are effective immediately. However, accredited providers are not expected to change or reprint any materials that currently exist. Accredited providers will be expected to make any necessary changes to CME materials by May 2015.
To support providers’ understanding of the modifications and compliance, we have published new Q&A:
- What is the timeline for implementing the April 2014 modifications to Standards for Commercial Support 4.3 and 6.4 and the Commercial Support Acknowledgement Policy related to prohibiting the use of commercial interests’ logos in the disclosure of commercial support?
- The April 2014 update to Standard 4.3 says that “Educational materials that are part of the CME activity” cannot contain corporate logos of an ACCME-defined commercial interest. What does the ACCME mean by “educational materials”?
- The syllabus for our accredited CME activity includes an agenda, PowerPoint presentations, and disclosures. If we accept commercial support for an activity, we include the names and logos of the supporting companies on the last page. Can we continue to print the logos of supporting companies on the very last page? Can we print the names and logos of exhibitors on the last page of our syllabus, if they are not providing commercial support?
- We make disclosure of commercial support as required by Standard 6.4 to our learners on our on-line registration portal. The opening screen includes the names and logos of our commercial supporters. Is that acceptable?
- Can there be corporate logos of ACCME-defined commercial interests in noneducational spaces or materials?
- If an activity that we produce is supported by a community health foundation that is not an ACCME-defined commercial interest are we allowed to use its logo to acknowledge their support?
- At our annual meeting, we have sessions that include procedure-based training using surgical devices. We sometimes use technical representatives who are employees of device companies to demonstrate the equipment from their firms under the supervision of our own faculty. Is it permissible for those employees to wear clothing that includes their company logo during the demonstration?
- I watched ACCME’s video on the changes to the Standards for Commercial Support, and I recognize that the changes only apply to disclosure of commercial support and the mixing of educational and promotional materials. However, I want to double-check that this does not apply to exhibitors. The Commercial Exhibits and Advertisements definition states that commercial exhibits are not commercial support, but are subject to Standard 4.
The Q&A are aggregated here: Ask ACCME Q&A about Use of Commercial Interest Logos in Disclosure of Commercial Support Logos
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