All accredited providers in the ACCME System use the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to maintain their ACCME contact information, view their accreditation decision history, and submit required data about their activities and programs. This page contains resources to help you fulfill these expectations. If you need more assistance, please reach out:
- ACCME-accredited providers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- State-accredited providers, please contact your accreditor.
- Jointly accredited providers, please contact email@example.com.
In addition, ACCME-accredited providers and those seeking ACCME accreditation will complete the accreditation process online in PARS. Detailed instructions will be given to providers as part of the accreditation process.
Login: Click here to log into PARS.
Who Uses PARS?
All accredited providers within the ACCME System including ACCME-accredited, state-accredited, and jointly accredited providers are required to use PARS.
Accredited providers can log into PARS by clicking here.
If you are a new user, you will receive an email with the subject header: “ACCME- System Access Granted” which will require you to create a password for the system. Click on the embedded “Set Password” link in the email to create a password for the system. After you create a password, you can log in and access the provider dashboard. If you are a current user and have trouble logging in, you may need to reset your password by clicking on “Can’t log in or forgot your password?” The system will prompt you to enter your email address. A reset password email will be forwarded to the address you provide. If you have issues logging in, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a guide to help you navigate different features in PARS, click here.
All accredited providers must enter information about the activities they accredit each year. This information includes the date of the activity, the hours of instruction, the type of activity, how many learners completed the activity, and much more. Providers may enter activity data directly in the PARS web form, use either the designated tab-delimited or XML batch upload template, or through a web service integration. More information about upload templates and web services is available on our technical information page.
Each year, accredited providers must report a summary of financial data attributable to their program for the year. It includes the following data fields that the provider is required to manually complete:
- Total advertising and exhibit income received in support of your Program
- Total registration fees received (includes registration, subscription or publication fees received from activity learners)
- Total government monetary grants received (monetary grants received from federal, state, or local governmental agencies in support of your Program)
- Total private monetary donations received (monetary donations received from the private sector, including foundations, in support of your Program)
Please note that commercial support information must be entered for individual activities, and is summarized automatically on the Program Summary page.
Once a provider has entered all their activity data and completed the program summary, the last annual reporting requirement is the attestation. Providers must read the attestation statement in PARS, then choose “I Attest” to agree. The attestation completes a provider’s annual report.
For a tutorial on entering activities in PARS using the web form, click here.
The data that accredited providers submit into PARS is used to support the process for initial accreditation, reaccreditation, and progress report reviews. It is also used for producing annual reports, submitting data to the certifying boards in support of CME that counts for MOC, and preparing reports to support the FDA REMS. Additionally, we offer the CME community the opportunity to access anonymized ACCME data for appropriate research.
Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
The ACCME has collaborated with several certifying boards to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME. Providers can use PARS to register their activities and submit learner data for these boards' MOC programs. Learn more about CME that Counts for MOC.
FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)
Accredited CME providers can use PARS to submit activity and learner data specific to the FDA Opioid Analgesics REMS. For more information, please see CME in Support of REMS.
State Licensing Program
The ACCME is collaborating with several state medical boards on a voluntary, year-long pilot program that will enable CME providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to the Boards via ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Reporting is currently available for the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, the North Carolina Medical Board, and the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. For more information, please see State Medical Boards Pilot.
Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
Accredited CME providers can support their clinician learners by helping clinicians understand how to identify Improvement Activities, facilitate those activities, and then assist clinicians in attesting to their participation. For more information, please see:
Webpage: CME for MIPS
- FAQ: PARS Frequently Asked Questions
- Tutorial: Fulfilling Year-End Reporting Requirements Using PARS
- Tutorial: Entering Activities in PARS Using the Web Form
- Tutorial: Registering CME Activities for MOC Points
- Glossary: ACCME/AMA Glossary of Terms and Definitions