This month’s CME Watch Blog addresses the importance of fully disclosing any “relevant” financial interests in order to remain in compliance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.

Hi and welcome to AOE Consulting’s video blog, CME Watch. Today’s blog addresses required disclosure information to be collected by accredited providers from individuals in a position to control content of accredited continuing medical education.

Standard 2.1 of the Standards for Commercial Support requires accredited providers to document and demonstrate that everyone in a position to control the content of a CME activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Key is that accredited providers are collecting financial information from individuals that is relevant vs. significant. The ACCME defines “relevant” financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. This applies to the spouse or partner of an individual in a position to control content, as well.

Providers who use the word “significant” are not aligned with the ACCME’s requirements, and may not obtain necessary disclosure information from those in a position to control content.

If you have questions related to disclosure or other ACCME criteria or standards, contact AOE to learn more about the resources we make available to providers.