Update: Planning Form for Expedited Accredited Activities Related to COVID-19 Available through December 31, 2020
This spring, we released the Planning Form for Expedited Accredited Activities Related to COVID-19 to help accredited continuing education (CE) providers meet the urgent need for education. Since there were no approved tests or treatment options for COVID-19 available, it was unlikely that planners and faculty would have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Therefore, we decided to remove the requirements for disclosure of relevant financial relationships and resolution of personal conflicts of interest for activities related to COVID-19 only, as part of our efforts to support the delivery of crucial education to clinicians and teams on the front lines of the pandemic.
We’ve heard from many of you that the form has been a helpful and widely utilized resource. We’ve also heard that as testing and treatments become available, some planners or faculty may now have relevant financial relationships. In response to the fast-changing environment, we have modified the form to clarify that it is available for use for activities offered by December 31, 2020, but not beyond. Please continue to use the form through the end of the year when appropriate. If you are concerned about planners or faculty who might have relevant financial relationships, always defer to the disclosure and resolution requirements to best serve your learners.
Expedited Planning Form for 2021
In response to your suggestions, we plan to create a revised form that will help accredited providers expedite the planning and delivery of activities addressing topics where the disclosure and resolution requirements would not be necessary. We aim to introduce the form before the end of the year.
Our goal is to do everything we can to continue to support you in delivering relevant, timely education for the clinician community. If you have any questions, we are happy to help. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.