If disclosure information cannot be analyzed in a timely fashion, is it appropriate for the activity or presentation to go on without formal CME credit?

Last Revised: 
November 11, 2011

ACCME has never recommended withholding CME credit at the last minute as an alternative to producing CME that is in compliance with accreditation requirements. It does not seem fair to the physician learners. Assuming that in this scenario there is financial relationship information to disclose to the learners, a mechanism to resolve conflicts of interest could still be put in place. For example, the participants could be asked to evaluate the objectivity of the presentation and the Provider could make it clear to the teacher that there is an expectation that the presentation would be compliant with the ACCME content validation statements, which state that...

(a) All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity [are] based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.

(b) All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation [conforms] to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Providers are not eligible for accreditation if they present activities that promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits, or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.

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