What is in this article?:
The Accreditation Council for CME proposed some changes to its system that are designed to simplify the process of becoming-accredited. We asked columnist Steve Passin and his colleagues at Steve Passin & Associates to outline and provide their perspectives on the proposed changes.
Changes to the Standards for Commercial Support
Standard 4.3:Educational materials that are part of a CME activity, such as slides, abstracts, and handouts, cannot contain any advertising, trade name, or product-group message.
Proposed Change:Prohibit the use of corporate logos in any educational materials.
Discussion:This change is consistent with the recommendations of all organizations that have previously reviewed areas of potential bias in CME.
Standard 6.4:“Disclosure” must never include the use of a trade name or a product-group message.
Proposed Change:Prohibit the use of a corporate logo in the disclosure of the receipt of commercial support.
Discussion:This change is a parallel action to the one above.