Table 1

Minimum Requirements for Compliance With ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities

• CME providers must be able to show that every person in a position to control the content of an educational activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to the provider. The ACCME defines “relevant relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
• An individual who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a planning committee member, a teacher, or an author of CME, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the CME activity.
• The CME provider must have implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to the education activity being delivered to learners. When an individual discloses to learners any relevant financial relationship(s), the information must include:a) The name of the individualb) The name of the commercial interest(s)c) The nature of the relationship the person has with each commercial interest• The source of all support from commercial interest must be disclosed to learners.• When commercial support is “in-kind,” the nature of the support must also be disclosed to learners.

Source: Excerpt from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities (4).