CMA issues draft standards for cultural and linguistic competency and implicit bias in CME

April 06, 2021

The California Medical Association (CMA) believes that there are basic cultural and linguistic competencies that are essential to providing quality and accessible care, and also acknowledges that society at large, including the house of medicine, has embedded and endemic structural racism and biases that affect the care that an individual receives.

CMA’s continuing medical education (CME) team (CMA CME) convened an advisory council of CME and health equity experts in October 2020 to update the cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) standards and create standards for implicit bias (IB) that reduce health disparities.

Public Comment Requested

CME providers, physicians and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit public comment on the draft standards from April 5 - May 5, 2021. Comments can be submitted online, via fillable Word form or via email.

Once the final standards are released in August 2021, California CME provider organizations will have until January 1, 2022, to meet all components to comply with state law. 

Informational Webinars

CMA CME will also host two informational webinars to present the standards:

Additional information can be found att cmadocs.org/cme-standards.



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