All accredited providers within the ACCME System are required to use the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to report information about their CME activities.

In addition, providers can use PARS to register their CME activities and report learner data for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) MOCAmerican Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS)American Board of Pathology (ABPath), or American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

Aside from using PARS via the web-interface, ACCME provides other options for submitting information into PARS. Providers can submit data via tab-delimited upload, XML batch upload, or using web services.

Providers can bulk upload activities via tab-delimited upload, XML batch upload, tab-delimited upload, or using web services.

The data required to register an activity for MOC cannot be uploaded via a tab-delimited upload. This data must be entered manually through the PARS interface or via XML upload. You can also use the tab-delimited template to upload your CME activities and then manually register them for MOC through the PARS interface.

The resources below contain information on submitting activity data via tab-delimited batch upload, as well as XML batch upload. The XML batch upload process uses the Medical Education Metrics (MEMS) XML standard created by Medbiquitous. Please be aware that there are special instructions and templates for registering CME activities for MOC using the XML upload features in PARS. Be sure to refer to these special instructions when registering an activity for MOC. 

Resources for Jointly Accredited organizations submitting information to JA-PARS can be found here.

Tab-delimited Upload Information for CME Activities

Please note that this template does not support MOC registration. You can use the tab-delimited template to upload your CME activities and then manually register them for MOC through the PARS interface. For batch templates that support MOC registration, please see the XML section below.

XML Upload Information

  • XML Activity Upload Instructions: A document describing the activity XML format for CME activities, including instructions for additional MOC activity registration for all currently collaborating specialty boards.
    • ABA MOCA Excel Content Outline: An Excel version of the ABA MOCA Content Outline used for reference when registering activities specifically for ABA MOCA.
  • XML Activity Upload Technical Files: A zip file containing a sample XML file and other technical files to be used for uploading activity records to PARS. This file is useful to support both implementation of the web services (see PARS Web Services below) and XML batch upload file development.

The resources below have information on submitting learner data for MOC via a tab-delimited template and via XML batch upload using the Medical Education Metrics (MEMS) XML standard created by MedBiquitous. Please be aware that there are special instructions and templates for uploading learner data for MOC using the XML upload features in PARS.

Tab-delimited Upload Information

XML Upload Information

  • XML Learner Submission Instructions: A document describing the XML file format to be used for submitting learner completion data for activities registered for MOC.
  • XML Learner Submission Technical Files: A zip file containing a sample XML file and other technical files to be used for submitting learner completion data for activities registered for MOC. This file is useful to support both implementation of the web services (see below) and XML batch upload file development. 

We have implemented web services that will enable your software applications, such as learning management systems, to submit activity and learner completion data directly to PARS. The goal of these services is to reduce the need for CME provider staff to use manual data entry or batch upload methods. To use these web services, your developers will need to make modifications to your software.

Resources for Web Services

  • The following resources provide guidance for your IT professionals:
    • ACCME PARS Web Services: This guide describes how to modify CME providers’ software/learning management systems to allow them to communicate directly with PARS. Please note this guide has been updated since we published the pre-release guide earlier this month.
    • Testing site: A test site is available as a tool to aid in the development and testing of software designed to use these web services. If you're interested in using the testing site, please contact info@accme.org.

The resources below have information on submitting de-identified learner data for Opioid Analgesic REMS via tab-delimited batch template, XML batch template, and web services.

Tab-Delimited Upload Information

XML Upload Information

Web Services

  • Supplemental Web Services Guide for REMS: This supplemental guide contains information about how to submit FDA-required learner completion data for REMS activities through a direct web service connection to PARS. Information about other web services available for PARS can be found in the general PARS Web service guide.