A health care professional submitted a complaint to the ACCME stating that he was denied access to an accredited activity because he was not part of the target audience. According to the complainant, the CME provider explained to him that it had received commercial support for the activity and the agreement with the commercial supporter stipulated that the provider was responsible for ensuring that the activity was presented to the intended audience.
In response, the ACCME communicated to the complainant that there are no ACCME requirements that restrict participation in CME activities. An ACCME-accredited CME provider is allowed to determine the target learners for its activities. However, this determination must be made by the accredited provider— not by the commercial supporter. The ACCME subsequently requested a copy of the written commercial support agreement for the activity from the CME provider, reviewed its terms and conditions, and found that there had been no violation of the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities. Specifically, as stipulated in Standard 3: Appropriate Use of Commercial Support, the CME provider did not accept advice or services concerning participants from the commercial supporter as a condition of receiving the commercial support.