Standard 1: Independence

Standard 1.1
A CME provider must ensure that the following decisions were made free of the control of a commercial interest. (See for a definition of a "commercial interest" and some exemptions.) (a) Identification of CME needs;  (b) Determination of educational objectives; (c) Selection and presentation of content; (d) Selection of all persons and organizations that will be in a position to control the content of the CME; (e) Selection of educational methods; (f) Evaluation of the activity.
Standard 1.2
A commercial interest cannot take the role of non-accredited partner in a joint provider relationship.