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CMA expects providers to continually maintain compliance with accreditation requirements, responsibilities and continuous improvement during accreditation terms.

 

CMA has a multilevel process for making accreditation and reaccreditation decisions to ensure accuracy and fairness. Decisions are determined through a review of submitted materials and the survey interview by the CMA Steering Committee on CME, and ratified by the CMA Board of Trustees. CMA CME staff provide support and guidance throughout the process. 

Your organization will receive notification from CMA of the accreditation status and term that your organization has been assigned.

For each applicable accreditation requirement, a provider receives one of the following compliance findings:

  • Compliance: CME provider fulfilled the CMA’s requirements for the specific criterion or policy.
  • Noncompliance: CME provider did not fulfill the CMA’s requirements for the specific criterion or policy.
  • Not Applicable: CME provider was not required to comply with the specific criterion or policy. For example, CME providers seeking reaccreditation would receive a finding of “not applicable” in policy areas that do not apply to the types of activities they produce.
  • Evidence Not Submitted: CME provider chose not to submit documentation to demonstrate compliance with the ACCME’s Criteria for Commendation C23-38. Providers applying for reaccreditation must meet the requirements of the Core Criteria, Standards for Integrity and Independence and policies but are not required to demonstrate compliance with the Criteria for Commendation. If the CME provider chose not to submit documentation to demonstrate compliance for the Criteria for Commendation, the provider would receive a finding of “evidence not submitted” for those Criteria.

Providers typically receive one of the following decisions:

  • Reaccreditation:  A four-year accreditation term based on compliance with Core Criteria, Standards for Integrity and Independence and all accreditation policies. Continued accreditation may include a requirement for a progress report to remedy areas found to be in non-compliance. 
  • Accreditation with Commendation: A six-year accreditation term based on compliance with the Core Criteria, Standards for Integrity and Independence and all accreditation policies plus commendation criteria of C23-38. 
  • Probation: Applies when an organization’s application and activity files demonstrate significant noncompliance with CMA requirements either at the time of reaccreditation or upon submission of an interim report. Providers on Probation are required to submit progress reports. Providers cannot remain on Probation for longer than two years.
  • Non-accreditation: Applies when an organization is found to have serious noncompliance issues, is on probation and fails to demonstrated it has achieved compliance within two years, or in rare instances status is changed due to recurrent compliance with the  Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ and/or has received previous decisions of Probation, and/or has engaged in joint providerships while on Probation in violation of joint providership policy.

2022 Timeline & Milestones

Overview of 2022 reaccreditation process timeline, milestones and deadlines.

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