Deeper Dive Into Proposed Changes to ACCME Standards for Commercial Support

Policy and Medicine (01/28/2020) Sullivan, Thomas

A recent CME Coalition webinar focused on proposed revisions to Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. The proposed standards for the first time list the specific types of organizations that are ineligible entities, which addresses the fluid nature of what is considered an ineligible entity and mirrors current and developing changes in the commercial space. Another notable change is that the standard for ensuring the validity of content presented for accredited continuing education incorporates previously issued ACCME policy and/or guidance documents. Another proposed standard clarifies that accredited providers must look for and identify financial relationships to determine those that are relevant to the content or activity, while exempting self-directed learning activities. Webinar panelist Michael Lemon, MBA, FACEHP, CHCP, president of the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, noted, among other points, that the proposed standards appear to still require disclosure from providers before learners engage in CME.

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