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Commercial Support Standards

ACCME Standards for Commercial Support were developed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to manage conflicts of interest in accredited CME programs. 

The ACCME’s seven member organizations, representing the profession of medicine, were the founders of the ACCME.  They include the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States.

In the 1980s, the ACCME developed guidelines to set boundaries between accredited providers and pharmaceutical and medical device companies. While pharmaceutical and medical device companies are regulated by the FDA and other government agencies, there were no specific guidelines regarding CME funding. In 1987, the ACCME issued its Guidelines for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education and later were formally adopted in 1992 as the Standards for Commercial Support.