ACCME Member Organizations Approve 2004 Updated Standards for Commercial Support

Chicago, IL
September 28, 2004

The following is the orginial ACCME News Release as issued on 9/28/2004. Where possible, we have preserved links to tools that still exist at

The seven member organizations* of the ACCME have unanimously approved the 2004 Updated ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities.

The 2004 Updated ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities are effective immediately and replace the 1992 ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

To facilitate the review and integration of these Updated Standards into the practice of CME by accredited providers, the ACCME has prepared a number of explanatory documents. Please review these educational materials to better understand the intent and implementation timeline for the Updated Standards. Note that implementation dates allow considerable time for CME providers to determine the best mechanisms for compliance within their own organizations

Links to:

  1. Preamble to 2004 Updated Standards
  2. 2004 Updated ACCME Standards for Commercial Support 
  3. Frequently Asked Questions About the 2004 Updated ACCME Standards
    Note (2/2012): The original FAQs related to the 2004 release of the Standards (SCS) have been incorporated into the Ask ACCME FAQs.
    Click here for FAQs related specifically to the SCS; then use the ASK ACCME CATEGORIES drop down box on the left of the page to refine the list to a particular Standard.
  4. Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest 
  5. Implementation Timeline for the 2004 Updated ACCME Standards
    (no longer available)

In making decisions about implementing the 2004 ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support, CME providers must be guided by what is in the best interest of the public…always deferring to independence from commercial interests, transparency and keeping CME separate from product promotion -- as basic guiding principles.

The ACCME is grateful to all accredited providers and other interested parties that contributed time, energy, and expertise throughout the development and adoption of these Updated Standards.

*American Board of Medical Specialties, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Association for Hospital Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

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