In light of the new Standards, when should we use the phrase “accredited continuing education” and when should we use the phrase “continuing medical education”?

Per the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the term “accredited continuing education” replaces “continuing medical education” to be inclusive of all health professions.  So, when should you use each term?  The best way to determine this is to ask: “Is the language in questions referring generally to the education or is it referring to the credit offered for the education?”  As the ACCME Accreditation Statement and AMA Credit Designation Statement remain unchanged, when referring to the credit associated with an accredited CE, accredited providers should still utilize “CME credit”, not “accredited continuing education credit”.  However, when using language to refer to the education in general, or as a whole, providers should use “accredited continuing education”.


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