The ACCME proposed the development of an Independent CME Funding Entity. This Call for Comment opened on April 22, 2009 and closed on May 21, 2009.
A report including the responses as well as the ACCME's analysis of the responses is available here.
The full text of the Call for Comment was as follows:
Call for Comment -- Independent CME Funding Entity
Background: It has been repeatedly suggested that dispensing and receiving commercial support funds from a pooled source would be a mechanism to ensure independence of commercially supported continuing medical education.
The ACCME will consider creating a granting entity independent of ACCME that will accept unrestricted donations that will be designated for the special purpose of funding accredited continuing medical education. The funds would be distributed to ACCME Recognized and Accredited organizations to be used for the development and presentation of ACCME-compliant continuing professional medical education.
ACCME proposes for comment that the entity would:
- Be independent of the ACCME;
- Not provide funds to the ACCME;
- Be managed by its own governance structure;
- Establish its own granting criteria that are reflective of professional practice gaps that have been established through methods consistent with ACCME’s content validation policies; and
- Fund CME done for U.S. learners.