ACCME won't ban industry funding of CME

Share this article:
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) said that for the time being, it won't ban commercial support of CME.

The ACCME had posed a ban as one possible solution to concerns about the independence of CME from industry influence and issued a call for comment. Having thought about it, the accrediting body's board said it feels its Standards of Commercial Support are an adequate safeguard against commercial bias.

“Of course, the ACCME reserves the right to re-evaluate this position from time to time, but at this point, no action will be taken,” said the board's executive summary. The organization is developing an “enhanced monitoring system” to be rolled out this year and next that includes direct observation of CME activities by volunteer monitors.

Advocates of continued commercial support for CME from industry were jubilant.

“It shows the ACCME is paying attention to what all the parties involved in CME are saying,” said Tom Sullivan, president of med ed firm Rockpointe and author of the Policy and Medicine blog. “There was overwhelming support for commercial support among both providers and physicians in the comments.”

John Kamp, executive director of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication, said: "These decisions demonstrate that a significant body of CME leaders from academic, hospital and government organizations believes that commercial support for CME provides a great benefit for physician learners and their patients. While Macy, journal editors, academics and other 'scholars' campaign to eliminate commercial support from their lofty perches, the folks with experience and expertise getting these programs done focus on improvements that advance patient care rather the pursuit of academic purity."

Share this article:

Email Newsletters

More in News

Astellas, DOJ settle for $7.3M

Astellas, DOJ settle for $7.3M

Astellas has settled a False Claims case with the Department of Justice over the 2010-2013 marketing of an antifungal medication. Astellas denies the allegations.

Boehringer drug lands US, EU orphan tag

Boehringer drug lands US, EU orphan tag

The experimental Breakthrough Therapy treatment is for acute myeloid leukemia.

Omnio app moves to smartphones

Omnio app moves to smartphones

Physicians Interactive is introducing the third wave of its Omnio app, making the tablet-only tool available for iPhones and Android phones.