Commercial Support: Definition and Guidance Regarding Written Agreements

Commercial Support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity.

When there is commercial support there must be a written agreement that is signed by the commercial interest and the accredited provider prior to the activity taking place. 

An accredited provider can fulfill the expectations of SCS 3.4 - 3.6 by adopting a previously executed agreement between an accredited provider and a commercial supporter and indicating in writing their acceptance of the terms and conditions specified and the amount of commercial support they will receive. 

A provider will be found in Noncompliance with SCS 1.1 and SCS 3.2 if the provider enters into a commercial support agreement where the commercial supporter specifies the manner in which the provider will fulfill the accreditation requirements.

ACCME Note: 

In order to properly manage the receipt of financial or in-kind contributions from an ACCME-defined commercial interest as required by Standard for Commercial Support 3: Appropriate Use of Commercial Support, the provider must understand and apply the ACCME definition of commercial support. This policy also describes the ACCME requirements with regard to written agreements between accredited providers and commercial supporters.