All providers seeking ACCME accreditation are required to submit a self-study report. The ACCME uses the self-study report to evaluate the provider’s ability to fulfill its educational mission effectively and comply with the ACCME’s accreditation requirements (e.g. the Accreditation Criteria, the Standards for Commercial Support, and policies).
The self-study process provides an opportunity for the initial applicant to:
- assess its commitment to and role in providing continuing medical education,
- analyze its current practices and their success in helping the applicant meet its educational mission.
The ACCME provides specific instructions about what to include in the self-study report. Organizations found eligible to apply for initial accreditation have up to nine months in which to conduct and submit their self-study report. Many initial applicants find that they need a full nine months to conduct a thorough self-analysis of their CME program. ACCME encourages you to use this time effectively to develop a report that clearly describes and documents your educational enterprise. You must demonstrate compliance with ACCME’s Criteria 1-3 and 7-12 to receive an outcome of Provisional Accreditation with a two-year accreditation term. If any of the Criteria 1-3 or 7-12 are found to be in Noncompliance, the accreditation outcome will be Non-Accreditation.
Please be advised that the ACCME has no relationship with, and does not endorse, any vendor providing accreditation compliance advice or products to CME providers. The ACCME has neither approved nor disapproved the advice or products of any such vendors.
Conducting a self-study requires time and effort from many constituents involved in your CME program. Appropriate leadership of the self-study effort and broad involvement of administration, faculty, attendees and other stakeholders are important to a successfully planned and implemented self-study.
Once your self-study report is complete, you will submit it to the ACCME. ACCME staff will review the self-study report for completeness and contact you with any questions. Note that ACCME conducts its affairs in English, and requires that all self-study reports be submitted in English.