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CME Accreditation Services

If you are interested in partnering with FSMB to jointly provide an accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity, contact FSMB as early as possible in the planning process.  We recommend you first contact FSMB 6-9 months before the activity start date.

FSMB is your partner and your resource in planning an accredited CME activity. Our accreditation team is dedicated to ensuring an exemplary framework to handle your CME needs and will work with your staff to plan the educational program.  

The Joint Providership Activity Planning Worksheet must be completed and submitted to FSMB for all prospective CME activities three months prior to the activity. All joint providership requests are formally reviewed, and upon review of the activity educational program, FSMB will determine how many AMA PRA Category 1 Credits physicians will be able to claim for participation. 

Additionally, adherence to ACCME accreditation criteria and requirements is mandatory.  Therefore, we strongly encourage you to visit the ACCME website to familiarize with the ACCME guidelines and standards.

For additional information, contact Rose Edwards at redwards@fsmb.org, (817) 868-4037. 

FSMB Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships Form 

FSMB, as the accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) provider, must ensure that CME activities and presentations are in full compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) guidelines and Standards for Commercial Support. 

All content developers, planners, presenters, speakers, and authors must complete a financial disclosure form before any work on an educational activity begins, and the FSMB must have adequate time to review the submissions. An individual who does not disclose or who refuses to disclose is disqualified from participating in the CME activity.  Complete disclosure will be provided to learners prior to the activity.  

Instructions

  • List the names of proprietary entities (see the ACCME definition of a commercial interest listed below) with which you or your spouse/partner have, or have had, a relevant financial relationship within the past 12 months. For this purpose, we consider the relevant financial relationships of your spouse or partner that you are aware of to be yours. 
  • Describe what you or your spouse/partner received (ex: salary, honorarium etc). 
  • Describe your role. 
  • Describe the clinical condition or clinical area that this financial relationship was in (e.g., internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, etc.).

Glossary of Terms 

Commercial Interest
A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

A commercial interest is not eligible for ACCME accreditation. Commercial interests cannot be accredited providers and cannot be joint sponsors. Within the context of this definition and limitation, the ACCME considers the following types or organizations to be eligible for accreditation and free to control the content of CME:

  • 501-C Non-profit organizations (Note: ACCME screens 501c organizations for eligibility. Those that advocate for commercial interests as a 501c organization are not eligible for accreditation in the ACCME system. They cannot serve in the role of joint sponsor, but they can be a commercial supporter.)
  • Government organizations
  • Non-health care related companies
  • Liability insurance providers
  • Health insurance providers
  • Group medical practices
  • For-profit hospitals
  • For-profit rehabilitation centers
  • For-profit nursing homes
  • Blood banks
  • Diagnostic laboratories

Conflict of Interest
Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship. 

Financial Relationships
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking, and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant Financial Relationships
All approved CME activities must be free of the control of commercial interests.  If you participate in the planning, design, implementation, presentation, or evaluation of an activity, you must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

A financial relationship is “relevant” if it pertains to the activity’s content matter including any related health care products or services to be discussed or presented. If a conflict of interest exists, it must be resolved prior to the educational activity being delivered. Relevant financial relationships, or the lack of such relationships, must be disclosed to learners prior to the beginning of the educational activity.

Individuals who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a planning committee member, a teacher, or an author of the curriculum, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the activity.

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant.  Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

General Information

FSMB must approve ALL materials (printed or electronic) that pertain to registration, educational program content, exhibits and marketing PRIOR to materials being printed, posted or distributed outside the joint provider organization. Additionally, no statement of credit can be printed on materials or promotional mailings without notification from FSMB that CME credit has been awarded by the FSMB. Once approved, FSMB will supply the correct accreditation language for marketing and other materials. Failure to abide by this can result in a cancellation of the joint provider agreement and forfeit of applicable fees.  

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