Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation

We are pleased to present the Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Our feedback survey is now closed. The ACCME is reviewing and analyzing the responses. Thank you for your participation. We look forward to our continued engagement.

Learn about the Proposal

Responding to Stakeholder Feedback

The Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation incorporates ideas gathered from the CME community and other stakeholders over the past few years, as well as feedback from the ACCME Board of Directors and member organizations.

Based on this feedback, the ACCME has identified a greater range of attributes as commendable practices. The new criteria are designed to reflect the valuable work CME providers may already be doing—in areas such as the integration of health data, interprofessional collaborative practice, and individualized learning activities. The proposal incorporates stakeholder requests for criteria that reward higher levels of outcomes measurement and ensure organizational competence and leadership.

A Menu of Options

In response to stakeholder ideas, the ACCME has created a menu of options that would give accredited CME providers the opportunity to choose the specific criteria that are appropriate for their organization. The purpose of the menu structure is to reflect the strength of the diverse community of CME providers, offer more flexibility, and promote innovation and creativity. The proposed menu is designed to ensure that all CME provider types would have the ability to achieve Accreditation with Commendation.

Ongoing Engagement

We will use the same feedback process for the commendation criteria proposal as we did for the simplification proposal. We will gather feedback from CME stakeholders through a variety of interactions. The ACCME will review stakeholder feedback and determine whether to make refinements to the proposalIf and when the Board of Directors decides to adopt new commendation criteria, the ACCME would then gather further responses from the stakeholder community through a call for public comment, in accordance with the ACCME Rule-Making Policy, before making any final decision to implement the proposal.

Please note that the current Criteria 16–22 remain in place and you should continue to comply with them to achieve Accreditation with Commendation. If and when we formally adopt changes, we will develop a transition plan and share that plan with you.