The ACCME expects accredited providers to operate business and management policies and procedures of their CME programs (as they relate to human resources, financial affairs and legal obligations), so that their obligations and commitments are met (ACCME Element 3.2). As part of this accreditation requirement, the ACCME expects that accredited providers located in California will be in compliance with all applicable California state laws regarding continuing medical education delivered in California, including CA AB 1195, enacted in 2005. ACCME's Element 3.2 has been updated to reflect this expectation.
ACCME accredited providers located in California should seek the advice of their own legal counsel regarding their compliance with California's amended Business and Professions Code, Section 2190-9196.5, relating to physicians and surgeons, as amended by CA AB 1195.
Providers located in California will be asked at the time of accrediation/reaccreditation to include a copy of their policy/procedure to ensure that cultural and linguistic competency topics are incorporated into the educational content of CME activities, as required by California state law, and to attest that the policy/procedure has been followed.
For more information on CA AB 1195, as it relates to California's Business and Professions Code, Section 2190-2196.5, please click here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov
For more information about how the California Medical Association's Institute for Medical Quality (recognized by the ACCME to accredited intra-state providers in California) is implementing CA AB 1195 into its accreditation process and has defined cultural and linguistic competency, please contact IMQ at www.imq.org.