Ensuring Independence

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME intends for the CME Provider to be the one to decide how much people are paid for their services as planners, faculty, and authors in CME activities.

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June 25, 2014

All funds that originate from ACCME-defined commercial interests and are paid to reserve space to hold accredited CME activities (sometimes called satellite symposia) in conjunction with other organizations...

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November 11, 2011

No. It is not necessary to collect disclosure information on relevant financial relationships from a speaker, planner, or author each and every time that individual has control over the content of a CME activity....

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November 11, 2011

CME must be free of commercial bias. CME must not promote products or services. CME must promote improvements in healthcare. A "balanced view" means that recommendations or emphasis must fairly represent, and be based on, a...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME offered several alternatives for corporate restructuring that met its requirements. For example, the ACCME determined that an accredited CME provider can have a sister corporation that is a commercial interest, as well as...

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November 11, 2011

No. The provider must ensure that the content of the CME truly remains beyond the control of the commercial supporter. The process to develop the CME must be independent of the commercial interest. Providers must not allow...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. It contains logistical and organizational information and not education materials. It contains maps and floor plans but not slides and not abstracts.

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November 11, 2011

Commercial Support for an activity is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of an activity. The definition of...

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November 11, 2011

No, in this scenario the commercial interest is giving commercial support and buying promotional and sales opportunities. The commercial interest should buy advertising and...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME expects that this is a rare event and expects that providers would have plans to manage this contingency as part of their institutional mechanisms for resolving conflicts of interest. Each provider is free to develop the...

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November 11, 2011

No they are not prohibited. Working and learning through meal time is an efficiency often included in bona fide CME activities.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. That documentation would verify that the first step of a mechanism for identifying conflicts of interest is in place. That would document for ACCME that the Provider knew the relevant financial relationships of the Committee...

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February 12, 2014

The ACCME expects that written agreements for commercial support will:

  • be between the accredited provider and commercial supporter. (This means that the accredited...
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November 11, 2011

Yes. Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity. This is money given to the provider to support the...

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November 11, 2011

YES. The provider always has the option to exclude some presentations or abstracts from their accredited program of CME or present this content in a track that is outside of but in conjunction with accredited CME. This option also...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. The ACCME accepts electronic signatures as evidence that written agreements are signed.

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November 11, 2011

No. Communication or distribution mechanisms that are owned or controlled by a commercial interest cannot be used to transmit or distribute continuing medical education activities to learners (e.g., a cable...

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November 11, 2011

Twenty years ago, most CME occurred in a lecture hall. Now, learning activities occur in many different environments including electronic media, and ACCME intends that all of these places and spaces of CME activity need to be...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. A provider can implement practices to designate different categories of commercial supporters for different amounts of commercial support.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. ACCME considers meals arranged by the Provider in conjunction with an activity to be an appropriate part of the expenses of a meeting and can be paid for out of the commercial support.

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November 11, 2011

You must not carry on with the activity under these circumstances. The person cannot participate if they refuse to disclose because conflicts of interest can neither be identified nor resolved.

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November 11, 2011

No. All commercial support must be stipulated by a written agreement and must flow through the Provider and/or its educational partner. Only the Provider and/or its educational partner can make payments to...

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February 16, 2017

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, ownership interest (e.g.,...

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