In January 2021, six national continuing education accrediting bodies jointly adopted and released the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education to replace ACCME’s 2014 Standards for Commercial Support. Accredited providers like ASNR are expected to be in full compliance with the new Standards beginning January 1, 2022.
Why is this changing?
The goal of the new Standards is to better support our common goal to ensure that education is about what is best for patients and clinicians, not about financial incentives, to ensure that participants are free to learn without bias or influence by receiving the highest quality education guided by data, evidence, and science, and to safeguard clinician and public trust in our endeavors to protect public health.
The previous standards were reorganized, and many accreditor policies were integrated directly into the new Standards. In addition, new terminology has been introduced:
- Commercial interests are now referred to as Ineligible Companies.
- Resolving COI is now called Mitigating Relationships.
- Accredited Continuing Education refers to all CE, not just CME/CPE/CNE.
What is most important to know?
- The disclosure period is extended from 12 months to 24 months prior to the time of disclosure.
- Individuals must disclose ALL financial relationships, not just those they think are relevant.
- Individuals do not determine the relevance of their own relationships.
- Faculty are prohibited from promoting or selling products or services in accredited education.
- The requirement to disclose financial relationships of the spouse/partner was removed.
- Marketing or nonaccredited activities must be separated from accredited activities by a 30-minute interval if they occur in the same educational space.
The ASNR Education Department has updated all forms and procedures related to the new Standards. These have been implemented in the Annual Meeting and CME activity planning processes, and you will be prompted to submit disclosure whenever you are involved in developing CME content.
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