Ensuring Independence: The Role of Employees of ACCME-Defined Commercial Interests

Published Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The use of employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests as faculty and planners or in other roles where they are in a position to control the content of accredited CME is prohibited, except in the specific situations identified by the ACCME that maintain independence and serve the public interest.

To support your compliance, we have produced this tutorial page, which includes links to FAQs, case examples, videos, and other resources. Please review the relevant resources before you make decisions about the involvement of employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests in your activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@accme.org

Overview

The prohibition against allowing employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests to control the content of accredited CME falls under Standard for Commercial Support 1: Independence. Employees have fiduciary responsibility to their employers, creating a conflict of interest that cannot be resolved. Employees are in a different category than those who have relevant financial relationships. Therefore, when involving employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests in accredited CME, providers must follow the guidance described in the resources below to ensure independence. The strategies used to address relevant financial relationships, as stipulated in Standard 2: Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest, will not be sufficient to demonstrate compliance when involving employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests.

In every activity, accredited CME providers must comply with all applicable accreditation requirements including the Accreditation Criteria, ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure the Independence in CME ActivitiesSM, and Policies.

Educational Resources

Definition of ACCME-Defined Commercial Interest

  • Definition of ACCME-defined Commercial Interest. The ACCME expanded the definition of commercial interest in 2007. Please make sure you use the current definition in your policies and forms, including disclosure forms. This is a key first step to ensuring that you are identifying employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests.

Ask ACCME Questions

Provider Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance

Video Interviews

ACCME Complaints

Other Related Resources

Questions

If you have further questions about the appropriate use of employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests in accredited CME, please contact us at info@accme.org.

 
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