Criterion 7

The provider develops activities/educational interventions independent of commercial interests. (SCS 1, 2, and 6).


One of the most important hallmarks of accredited CME is independence from commercial interests. The control of the accredited provider over all aspects of planning, presenting, and evaluating the education assures learners of that independence.  As well, the provider is expected to identify and resolve conflicts of interest of those in control of content before the learner engages in the education. The provider is required to disclose to the learners – again prior to the learner engaging in the education – the presence or absence of relevant financial relationships of those in control of content as well as the receipt of commercial support for the activity.

Additional Resources:
Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance for Criterion 7