Thursday, May 03, 2007

ACCME post re: Senate Finance Committee letter

From the ACCME's website:

The Senate Committee on Finance has provided the ACCME and the CME system with many face- and content-valid observations where enhancements could be implemented that would make the independence of CME from commercial interests more distinct. Since the development of the first version of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support in the late 1980s, the ACCME has taken seriously its roles and responsibilities to set expectations about this independence of CME and to measure CME providers’ compliance with those expectations, especially in the presence of funds from commercial interests.

In this same spirit, the ACCME will reflect on the Senate Committee on Finance’s observations. The timing and process for this consideration matches well with the ACCME’s current process of review and assessment of the implementation of the 2004 ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence. As these updated Standards are now in place across the CME system, the ACCME looks forward to determining where and how improvements to the accreditation policies and processes might strengthen the validity and independence of CME.
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