The April 2014 update to Standard 4.3 says that “Educational materials that are part of the CME activity” cannot contain corporate logos of an ACCME-defined commercial interest. What does the ACCME mean by “educational materials”?

Published Date: 
May 29, 2014
Last Revised: 
May 29, 2014

Educational materials are those materials used by the accredited provider in the transfer of education to learners, as well as information required by the ACCME to be made known to the learner, such as disclosure of relevant financial relationships and/or disclosure of commercial support.  Examples include handouts, slides, educational content, abstracts (if part of the education itself).

The April 2014 modifications added “corporate logo” to Standard 4.3 of the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities. There was no change to the intent of the Standard or the ACCME’s expectation that educational materials should be free of any advertising or promotion.

For more information, see Accreditation Council for CME Prohibits Commercial Interest Logos in Disclosure of Commercial Support.

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