ACCME News (12/10/20)
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) announced new Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education to ensure that accredited continuing education (CME) delivers accurate, balanced, evidence-based information that supports safe and effective patient care to healthcare professionals. The standards were developed to simplify, clarify and modernize Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities, and uphold their relevance and effectiveness in the changing healthcare landscape. Support for the standards by accrediting bodies for multiple health professions assures protection from industry bias and marketing that accreditation rules provide. In addition to ACCME, supporting organizations include the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education and Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education. ACCME System providers should implement the new standards by Jan. 1, 2022, with a free webinar to be held on Jan. 11. "With the evolved standards, we, as a community of educators and accrediting bodies, reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that healthcare professionals have access to relevant, timely, efficient and effective education that is balanced, evidence-based and insulated from industry bias," said ACCME President Graham McMahon, MD, MMS. "The ACCME and the community of educational organizations we accredit stand with clinicians and will continue to deliver on our promise to offer trusted learning that helps them provide safe, effective and compassionate care."