The ACCME proposed developing a designation of Commerical Support-Free (TM) Accredited Continuing Medical Education. This Call for Comment opened on April 22, 2009 and closed on May 21, 2009.
A report including the responses as well as the ACCME's analysis of the responses is available here.
The full text of the Call for Comment was as follows:
Call for Comment -- A special ACCME-defined designation of Commercial Support-Free(TM) Accredited Continuing Medical Education
Background: The ACCME recognizes that some stakeholders want to differentiate between CME that does include relationships with industry from CME that does not include relationships with industry. To clarify this differentiation, the ACCME will consider creating a new designation and review process for providers that wish to identify their program of CME as one that does not utilize funds from commercial interests that have been donated to support continuing medical education, i.e., Commercial Support-FreeTM.
A range of standards for this definition are possible, with respect to “Commercial Support-FreeTM accredited continuing medical education. The ACCME could take the position that these programs would:
- Not accept any commercial support for any CME activity, or any part of its CME program; and also
- Not use funds from advertising or promotion, paid by an ACCME-defined commercial interest, to underwrite the costs of continuing medical education.