28 May 2004
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CME Providers: Don't Relax Yet
Continuing medical education providers heaved a sigh of relief when the new revision of the Accreditation Council for CME's Standards for Commercial Support was released this spring. But, while it's much less onerous than the previous draft version, it also will mean ACCME-accredited providers will have to make significant changes in the way they run CME and meetings, and will also affect their nonaccredited educational partners and supporters.
Unlike the current Standards, the proposed version, if approved, will require CME providers to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest. As ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, told The Wall Street Journal in an April 19 article, that addition may be "a small sentence, but it's pretty powerful."
For a full discussion of the new revised draft Standards and what it means for CME providers and their partners, click here.
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