AMA/ACCME Alignment Implementation: New Resources

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME have published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and other resources to explain the alignment of the two organizations’ expectations for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. These resources are designed to support CME providers’ application of the simplification and the implementation of innovative approaches to education.

The following materials are now available:

  • FAQ about the AMA/ACCME alignment
  • The revised “Requirements for educational activities eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™” section of the AMA PRA booklet. It includes the AMA core requirements, format-specific requirements, requirements for designating and awarding credit, and instructions about the credit designation statement.  

Key Points

  • The simplification is effective as of September 29, 2017.
  • The simplification applies to all providers in the ACCME System including state-accredited and ACCME-accredited-providers. 
  • The AMA core requirements and ACCME accreditation requirements are aligned—and do not represent any new rules for accredited CME providers. 
  • The AMA has simplified and reduced its learning format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers.
  • CME providers may design and deliver certified activities that use blended or new approaches to drive meaningful learning and change, as long as the provider abides by the AMA requirements.
  • CME providers may designate an activity format as “other” if it does not fall into one of the established format categories.
  • Providers will demonstrate their compliance with the AMA’s core requirements by demonstrating compliance with the ACCME’s accreditation requirements. The process for demonstrating compliance with other AMA requirements will be integrated into the existing accreditation/reaccreditation processes.

Encouraging Innovation

The simplification and alignment is designed to encourage innovation and flexibility. Providers can use the designation “other” for activities that use blended or new approaches or that do not fall into one of the established AMA learning formats. Modifications to the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) are underway, so that activities can be reported as “other” in the near future. Providers will also designate these activities as “other in the AMA credit designation statement. In PARS and in the credit designation statement, providers will include a brief description of the learning format.

We are using the label “other” because we do not want to imply any restrictions on this category and to encourage providers to develop new, creative, and blended educational approaches. As providers design and describe innovative approaches to education, we expect to identify a descriptor that better represents the evolution of CME.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the AMA/ACCME Alignment webpage.

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