If a CMA accredited provider undergoes a corporate change, resulting, for instance, from a merger or acquisition, CMA expects to be made aware of the change as soon as possible so that CMA can work through the transition with the organization.
Keep in mind that CMA accreditation was awarded to the organization that sought the accreditation and was able to demonstrate compliance with accreditation requirements. For this reason, an organization cannot become an accredited provider by purchasing or merging with an organization that is already accredited.
Similarly, when an accredited provider undergoes significant organizational change, for example, becoming owned by an ineligible company then CMA considers the provider to be significantly different than the organization that was accredited. CMA will expect the provider to cease providing CME as a CMA accredited provider. CMA will set a date of Nonaccreditation for these providers. CMA’s Corporate Structure Review process is in place to assist organizations in determining whether they may be an ineligible company. Click here for more information regarding eligibility.
CMA will also withdraw a provider’s accreditation if the provider is dissolved or ceases to exist because of a merger, acquisition or dissolution.
When two or more accredited providers merge, CMA will consider that all but one of the accredited providers will cease to exist as an entity. The name of the remaining provider may be changed to reflect or include the name(s) of the former provider(s). The remaining provider must assume responsibility for unfinished CME activities and/or unexpired enduring materials of the provider(s) with which it merged and must maintain activity registration records for six years for the provider(s) with which it merged.
CMA considers the names of providers that are no longer accredited due to corporate change to be public information, and provides lists of these names to the public, accordingly.
New providers created through corporate change must submit a pre-application as a first step towards initial CMA accreditation.