About the ACCME

Last Revised:
February 25, 2014
Published on:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A summary, explanation, and supporting documents describing the simplifications that ACCME made in February 2014 to its accreditation requirements and processes can be found on the ACCME Web site...

Last Revised:
February 25, 2014
Published on:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yes. The February 2014 changes to ACCME’s accreditation requirements and processes apply to all accredited providers within the ACCME accreditation system. ACCME Recognized Accreditors are responsible for implementing these changes...

Last Revised:
February 25, 2014
Published on:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Effective February 2014, no organization will be evaluated for compliance for ACCME requirements or policies that were removed as a result of the ACCME’s 2014 simplification of its accreditation requirements and processes. This...

Last Revised:
April 21, 2017
Published on:
Friday, February 3, 2012

Yes.  The American Medical Association (AMA) and ACCME developed a shared glossary of terms and definitions since both organizations regulate the shared system of...

Last Revised:
April 23, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

No, you do not. Some Criteria address your overall CME program, while others relate to CME activities. For each CME activity, you need to demonstrate compliance with Criteria 2 - 6, which address educational planning and delivery....

Last Revised:
March 22, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Submit a complaint online using the ACCME complaint form.

Last Revised:
March 29, 2016

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, ACCME requires you to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Joint providers are expected to routinely have a role in making decisions about the elements of the planning process specified in SCS 1.1. Since these decisions must be "made free of the control of a...

Last Revised:
June 25, 2014

For brochures, the ACCME does not have any rules or requirements for name placement, brochure content, cover design, interior layout, font size, or formatting. Brochure design and associated content are left to the provider's...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Yes. The new CME activity, must demonstrate compliance with all applicable ACCME accreditation requirements, including faculty disclosure and acknowledgement of any commercial support (SCS 6).

 

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME will review the complaint to determine whether the complaint relates to the provider's compliance with the ACCME accreditation requirements, and then follow one of these courses of action:...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Criterion 1 says, "expected results articulated in terms of changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes that will be the result of the program." What definition of "competence" is ACCME using?...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Hours of instruction equals the total hours of educational instruction provided.  For example, if a one-day course lasts eight (8) hours (not including breaks or meals), then total hours of instruction reported for that...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME accredits organizations that produce CME activities. The accreditation process includes the review of CME activities for the demonstration of compliance with the ACCME's requirements. For more information, see ACCME's...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

No. See ACCME's policy on joint providership for more information.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. ACCME accreditation is awarded to the organization that sought the accreditation and was able to demonstrate compliance with ACCME's Accreditation Requirements. See "Informing ACCME of Personnel or...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

You must notify ACCME in writing (email or US mail) of a change to your organization’s "Provider Name." This correspondence should include a description...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes.  PARS replaces the Excel spreadsheets ACCME used to collect activity data during the reaccreditation process, as well as the online Annual Reporting System that ACCME accredited providers used to submit their ACCME Annual...

Last Revised:
August 7, 2014

Yes.  Non-US based organizations are encouraged to apply for accreditation. The ACCME does require that all organizations located or incorporated outside...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The complaints process and findings are kept confidential by the ACCME, with the exception of the ACCME's response to a lawful subpoena or other legal process. The ACCME does reserve the right to make...

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