Will the Newb Standards Stick?

McNair Jr, Robert M.
October 2003
Pharmaceutical Executive;Oct2003 Supplement, Vol. 23, p8
Trade Publication
Although the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) "Standards for Commercial Support" has not yet been finalized, the industry insiders believe the changes may reduce the quality of CME presentations by limiting the pool of eligible experts and decreasing pharmaceutical's financial support for CME activities. This article summarizes the original rules, adopted in 1992, highlights the most important changes proposed by the 2003 rules, and predicts the changes most likely to be adopted. It is noted that the original standards regulated relationships between CME sponsors and commercial enterprises that provided commercial support to those sponsors for their CME activities. Furthermore, the ACCME proposed rules for 2003 contain five basic themes that mandate independence; absence of commercial bias; disclosure of relationships; appropriate management of funds from commercial interests; and appropriate management of advertising exhibits. In addition to the major proposals concerning the industry, there may be other, less clearly defined criteria that change existing practices and that may emerge if the new standards are adopted in their present form. Hence, industry attention on the new criteria focuses on two items which include a prospective date for the adoption of final standards, and the content of the final standards. INSETS: PERSPECTIVE: ACADEMIC CME;PERSPECTIVE: CME PROVIDER.


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