Yes. The ACCME’s policies support live activities to be designed, wholly or in part, for remote participation.
A tutorial designed to guide providers through the process of changing an activity type can be found here.
For accredited providers that are able to complete year-end reporting by the March 31 deadline, we would ask you to do so. However, we understand that many of you, your staff, and your organizations are focused on the current public health crisis. For that reason, we are extending the year-end reporting deadline to April 30, 2020. As is always the case, if you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the ACCME at email@example.com.
It is the responsibility of the accredited provider to ensure that all activities, regardless of format, meet the ACCME expectations. While accommodations and mechanisms to meet these criteria may vary slightly depending on the modality through which a learner participates, in most cases the ACCME accreditation expectations are the same across activity formats. Please keep in mind that enduring materials must be reviewed at least once every three years or more frequently if indicated by new scientific developments.
Determining the correct activity type for a remote activity will depend on whether the learners participate in real-time or can access the activity at their convenience. Activities where the learners participate in real-time on the internet, such as an interactive webinar, should be reported as Internet Live Courses. Activities where the content is accessible online at the learner’s convenience, such as a recorded presentation, are considered Internet Activity Enduring Materials.
In activities that blend live and remote interaction, the activity type will also depend on how learners participate. For activities where in-person and remote learners participate in real-time, it is fine to report this as a single activity with a type of Course or Regularly Scheduled Series. In cases where a live, in-person activity is recorded and made accessible online after the live activity takes place, this should be reported as two activities. The live session would be entered as a Course or Regularly Scheduled Series, and the online archived recording would be considered an Internet Activity Enduring Material.
More details about activity types in PARS can be found in this FAQ.