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Standard 5: Manage Ancillary Activities Offered in Conjunction with Accredited Continuing Education

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Standard 5 applies only when there is marketing by ineligible companies or nonaccredited education associated with the accredited continuing education.

About the Rule

The Standard

Accredited providers are responsible for ensuring that education is separate from marketing by ineligible companies—including advertising, sales, exhibits, and promotion—and from nonaccredited education offered in conjunction with accredited continuing education.

1. Arrangements to allow ineligible companies to market or exhibit in association with accredited education must not:

a. Influence any decisions related to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the education.

b. Interfere with the presentation of the education.

c. Be a condition of the provision of financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for the education.

2. The accredited provider must ensure that learners can easily distinguish between accredited education and other activities.

a. Live continuing education activities: Marketing, exhibits, and nonaccredited education developed by or with influence from an ineligible company or with planners or faculty with unmitigated financial relationships must not occur in the educational space within 30 minutes before or after an accredited education activity. Activities that are part of the event but are not accredited for continuing education must be clearly labeled and communicated as such.

b. Print, online, or digital continuing education activities: Learners must not be presented with marketing while engaged in the accredited education activity. Learners must be able to engage with the accredited education without having to click through, watch, listen to, or be presented with product promotion or product-specific advertisement.

c. Educational materials that are part of accredited education (such as slides, abstracts, handouts, evaluation mechanisms, or disclosure information) must not contain any marketing produced by or for an ineligible company, including corporate or product logos, trade names, or product group messages.

d. Information distributed about accredited education that does not include educational content, such as schedules and logistical information, may include marketing by or for an ineligible company.

3. Ineligible companies may not provide access to, or distribute, accredited education to learners.