The ACCME proposed developing a designation of a special ACCME-defined designation of Promotional Teacher and Author-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 Regarding
A special ACCME-defined designation of Promotional Teacher and Author-Free TM Accredited Continuing Medical Education
Background: The ACCME will also consider creating a new designation and review process for providers that wish to identify their program of CME as one that does not utilize teachers/authors that have acted for a commercial interest in promotional and marketing activities, i.e., Promotional Teacher and Author Free TM.
The ACCME proposes that these programs would not allow persons with ACCME defined relevant financial relationships derived from marketing and promotional activities to teach in or write for any part of a CME program that carries this designation. In essence, compliance with Standard 2, Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest, of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support SM would be fulfilled by recusal.