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The ACCME provides detailed instructions for submitting a self-study report during the accreditation process in the ACCME's Guide to the Accreditation Process. The most recent version of this guide can be found here.


Yes. Non-US based organizations are encouraged to apply for accreditation. The ACCME does require that all organizations located or incorporated outside the US or its territories that wish to apply for accreditation participate in one of our Accreditation Workshops. Information about upcoming workshops can be found on the Events page of our Web site.

International organizations will be reviewed for eligibility when they submit their pre-application.  For more information, please see The Pre-Application Process.

The following institutions are eligible to seek accreditation directly from the ACCME: 

  • State medical societies;
  • Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME)-accredited schools of medicine;
  • National physician membership organizations;
  • National medical specialty societies; and
  • other organizations whose programs of CME serve physician learners, 30% or more of whom are from beyond the home or contiguous state(s) of the organization.

Organizations whose programs of CME primarily serve physician learners, 70% or more of whom are from the home or contiguous state(s) of the organization, are eligible to seek accreditation from an ACCME Recognized State Medical Society.  


No. The ACCME accredits organizations that produce CME activities. The accreditation process includes the review of CME activities for the demonstration of compliance with the ACCME's requirements. For more information, see ACCME's description of the accreditation process for first-time applicants.