ACCME Response to Request to Delay Implementation of New Standards

ACCME Highlights (08/25/21)

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Board of Directors has responded to a request from some medical specialty societies to postpone implementing the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. The board has decided to move forward with the deployment, with a one-year transition, after discussing the issues at its July 2021 meeting. "As described in our FAQ, we understand that planning for some larger, more complex activities will pre-date the opportunity to implement changes, and for those activities (planned in 2021 but not implemented until 2022), we would not expect to see compliance with the new requirements," ACCME said. "As with any transition in our rules, we are committed to ensuring that all determinations of compliance are fair, consistent and reasonable." ACCME noted that it has supplied and will continue to provide a number of tools and resources to effect the transition. The council said many providers' transitions are well underway, while other health profession accrediting organizations have adopted the standards. "We look forward to continuing to work with our community of CE providers to successfully implement the new Standards across the health profession," ACCME concluded.

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