In support of its mission to serve medicine and the public, the ACCME continuously seeks to identify and implement strategies to share information openly with its stakeholders.
More Information in Accredited Provider Lists
Beginning in August 2009, the ACCME began including more information in the lists of ACCME-accredited providers on its Web site. The lists include basic contact information plus the following details for each ACCME-accredited provider:
• Accreditation status (Accreditation, Accreditation with Commendation, Probation, or Provisional Accreditation)
• Accredited based on the ACCME 2006 Accreditation Criteria (yes or no)
• Total numbers of activities, hours, and participants reported
• Types of activities produced
• Received commercial support (yes or no)
• Received income from advertising or exhibits (yes or no)
• Participates in joint providership (yes or no)
The ACCME made more data public to empower all stakeholders—including physician learners, licensing and certification bodies, and the public—to assess individual ACCME-accredited provider's size, scope, and funding structure, as well as the diversity and reach of the accredited CME enterprise in the United States.
Transparency in ACCME Decision-Making
Beginning with the July 2009 accreditation decisions, the ACCME made public accreditation grids depicting the accreditation decision and the compliance findings, by criterion, for each provider that has received a decision under the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. (Results are blinded to ensure providers’ confidentiality.) These grids enable providers and other stakeholders to assess areas of compliance and noncompliance with the Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support, and to see the consistency of ACCME decision-making. The grids are published in the Board of Directors meetings executive summaries.