Technical Information for Submitting Data via Batch Upload or Web Services

All accredited providers within the ACCME System are required to use the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to report information about their CME activities.  In addition, providers can use PARS to register their CME activities and report participant data for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), or American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Aside from using PARS via the web-interface, ACCME provides other options for submitting information into PARS. Providers can submit data via XML batch upload, Tab-delimited upload, or using web services.

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PARS Activity Submission
PARS Participant Submission
PARS Web Services
Contact Information

PARS Activity Submission

The resources below contain information on submitting activity data via tab-delimited batch upload, as well as XML batch upload.  The XML batch upload process uses the Medical Education Metrics (MEMS) XML standard created by Medbiquitous. Please be aware that there are special instructions and templates for registering CME activities for MOC using the XML upload features in PARS.  Be sure to refer to these special instructions when registering an activity for MOC. 

The data required to register an activity for MOC cannot be uploaded via a tab-delimited upload.  This data must be entered manually through the PARS interface, or via XML upload.

XML Upload Information

XML Activity Upload Technical Files -  A zip file containing a sample XML file and other technical files to be used for uploading activity records to PARS for ABA, ABP, ABIM, and CME activities not registered for MOC. This file is useful to support both implementation of the web services (see PARS Web Services below) and XML batch upload file development.

Instructions for Board Specific Activities and CME Activities not registered for MOC can be accessed below:

Tab-delimited Upload Information for CME activities that are not registered for MOC

Tab-Delimited Instructions – A document with instructions for tab-delimited batch uploads to PARS for CME activities that are not registered for MOC.

Tab-Delimited Template – A template with instructions for tab-delimited batch uploads to PARS for CME activities that are not registered for MOC. 

PARS Participant Submission

The resources below have information on submitting participant data via XML batch upload for CME activities registered for MOC using the Medical Education Metrics (MEMS) XML standard created by Medbiquitous. Please be aware that there are special instructions and templates for uploading participant data for MOC using the XML upload features in PARS.  In addition, providers can upload data using a tab-delimited template.

XML Upload Information

XML Participant Submission Technical Files - A zip file containing a sample XML file and other technical files to be used for submitting participant completion data for activities registered for MOC. This file is useful to support both implementation of the web services (see below) and XML batch upload file development. 

Board-specific instructions can be accessed below:

Tab-delimited Upload Information

Learner Template B – Providers should use this template for ABA, ABIM, and ABP Participant Submissions.  

PARS Web Services

We have implemented web services that will enable your software applications, such as learning management systems, to submit activity and participant completion data directly to PARS. The goal of these services is to reduce the need for CME provider staff to use manual data entry or batch upload methods. To use these web services, your developers will need to make modifications to your software.

Resources for Web Services

The following resources provide guidance for your IT professionals:

ACCME PARS Web Services: This guide describes how to modify CME providers’ software/learning management systems to allow them to communicate directly with PARS. Please note this guide has been updated since we published the pre-release guide earlier this month.

Testing site: A test site is available as a tool to aid in the development and testing of software designed to use these web services. If you're interested in using the testing site, please contact info@accme.org.

We Welcome Your Questions and Feedback

For information on CME Support of MOC please go here

For other questions or feedback please email ACCME at info@accme.org.