ACCME Board Adopts Updated Standards for Commercial Support

Chicago, IL
April 2, 2004

On April 1, 2004, the Board of Directors of ACCME, by unanimous vote, adopted the updated ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education.

Background on the Process of Review

This action follows a thorough process of review and input led by the ACCME's Task Force on the Standards for Commercial Support. Beginning with a "call for comment" to accredited providers and other interested parties in early 2001, the Task Force reviewed input from over 200 sources, held a live hearing, issued a first draft for comment and input in January 2003, and met numerous times over the course of two+ years in order to draft the revised document that was approved by the Board on April 1, 2004.

Next Steps in the Approval Process

The updated Standards for Commercial Support will now be transmitted to the seven ACCME member organizations* for their approval . As allowed by the ACCME's Bylaws, the member organizations have 180 days to consider the document. Therefore, the member organizations have until September 28, 2004 to make their decision about the updated ACCME Standards .

Providers and commercial supporters should note that the updated ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education do not apply until approved by the ACCME's member organizations.

After final approval, the ACCME will provide education for accredited providers on the implications of the updated Standards and will set implementation dates that allow considerable time for all involved to integrate the updated Standards into their CME programs.

* American Board of Medical Specialties, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Association for Hospital Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

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