AMA/ACCME Alignment

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME have simplified and aligned their expectations for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

The simplification and alignment is designed to encourage innovation and flexibility in accredited CME while continuing to ensure that certified activities meet education standards and are independent of commercial influence.
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Key Points
  • The simplification is effective as of September 29, 2017.
  • The simplification applies to all providers in the ACCME System including state-accredited and ACCME-accredited-providers. 
  • The AMA core requirements and ACCME accreditation requirements are aligned—and do not represent any new rules for accredited CME providers. 
  • The AMA has simplified and reduced its learning format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers.
  • CME providers may design and deliver certified activities that use blended or new approaches to drive meaningful learning and change, as long as the provider abides by the AMA requirements.
  • The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) has been modified, enabling providers to choose “other” as the activity format for blended, new, or other approaches that do not fall into one of the established format categories. Providers also need to identify these activities as “other” in the AMA credit designation statement, as well as include a brief description of the learning format in PARS, in the credit designation statement, and in documentation given to learners (certificates, transcripts, etc.). 
  • Providers will demonstrate their compliance with the AMA’s core requirements by demonstrating compliance with the ACCME’s accreditation requirements. The process for demonstrating compliance with other AMA requirements will be integrated into the existing accreditation/reaccreditation processes.

The AMA and ACCME issued a call for comment on the proposed simplification of requirements for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ in April 2017. A summary of responses is available.

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