About the ACCME

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:
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...

Published on:
Friday, February 3, 2012

Yes.  The ACCME Glossary explains how the ACCME uses terms, definitions, and references within the ACCME accreditation system.
 

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

Yes... at this point an assessment of change is required for each CME activity. The information is then analyzed by the CME provider in the context of the overall program's effectiveness. Criteria 11 and 12 require the provider to...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Commercial Support for a CME activity 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. The definition...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The process of seeking first-time, or "initial" accreditation from the ACCME generally takes twelve to eighteen months. The reaccreditation...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

All CME activities developed and presented by an accredited provider, including those designated for credit, become part of that provider's program of CME . The program must be in compliance with all ACCME accreditation...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When an organization first applies for ACCME accreditation, it self-selects its organization type.  ACCME uses this information for reporting and analysis purposes.  Providers may not change their organization type...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes. Please see the Rule Making Policy at ACCME for information about this process.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Below is a list of the different CME activity types that can be reported in the PARS System.  You can click on the name of any of these activity types for a definition and additional information:

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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The following institutions are eligible to seek accreditation directly from the ACCME: 

  • State medical societies;
  • Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME)-accredited schools of medicine;
  • National...
Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME Process for Handling Complaints Regarding ACCME Accredited Providers requires that all complaints submitted "confirm the name, US Postal Service address and contact information of the person...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME is committed to ensuring that accredited providers have tools and resources to help them meet ACCME policies and standards. Educational opportunities include resources available through the ACCME...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Yes, the accredited provider must report the full amount of commercial support received, even if the commercial support is distributed to other non-accredited joint providers.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No, there is no requirement that the provider have a CME committee.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes, if educational material from a live activity is turned into an enduring material, the enduring material is considered a separate activity.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The ACCME has a multitiered accreditation process for evaluating CME providers’ compliance with the ACCME’s requirements. As an additional safeguard, the ACCME has a Process for Handling Complaints Regarding...

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