International Academy for CPD Accreditation Proposed Guidelines for Global Accreditation Standards

Policy and Medicine (05/01/2020) Sullivan, Thomas

The International Academy for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation in February solicited commentary on proposed international guidelines for substantive equivalency between continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) accreditation systems. The global community of CME/CPD accrediting bodies and regulators recognized the need for relationships with faculty and planners; to review and mitigate those relationships to reduce bias; to disclose relationships to learners; a standard stipulating that industry cannot support an individual or group practice; and to restrict ownership of accreditation bodies to outside independent organizations, manufacturers, medical associations or for-profit enterprises, unless appropriate firewalls are implemented. The proposed standards appear to correspond closely with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. "By building consensus and collaboration, we ... can aim to achieve our shared strategic vision of better meeting the needs of upcoming generations of clinicians, driving quality in medical education and improving care for the patients and communities we all serve," said ACCME president Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc. The Academy is seeking comment on the standards, with any responses due by May 15, 2020.

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