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:
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:
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:
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:
November 11, 2011

Submit a complaint online using the ACCME complaint form.

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Commercial Support for an activity is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of an activity. The definition of...

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:
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

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

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

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

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:
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

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

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:
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...

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:
November 11, 2011

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

Last Revised:
March 29, 2016

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

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