AAFP CME Credit System

Tools for CME Developers


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By providing access to a variety of CME development tools and references, the AAFP shows its commitment to helping members, educators, and CME providers as they develop CME activities for family physicians in accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and AAFP guidelines.

Documentation and Policy Requirements

CME providers applying for AAFP credit must comply with the (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support(www.accme.org). The activity director must attest on the CME application that the CME activity meets all requirements of the Standards, whether the activity is being supported with commercial funding or not. All parties involved should have an understanding of these Standards.

Every CME provider must have the following policies/procedures in place:

  1. Policy and procedure for full disclosure
  2. Policy and procedure for identification and resolution of conflicts of interest
  3. Policy on honoraria

Other documents the CME provider must have on file include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Signed letter of agreement from each commercial supporter, if activity was commercially funded
  2. Signed full disclosure form from anyone who can control the content of the CME activity (e.g., faculty member, planner, author, editor, reviewer)
  3. CME activity evaluation and/or assessment results

The CME provider should retain all documentation associated with development of the CME activity should be retained for one year.


Sample forms for use by CME providers include CME credit certificates, activity evaluation forms, and policies on honoraria for and disclosure of conflict of interest by CME faculty.

SAMPLE: CME Certificate of Participation(1 page DOC)

This template may be used to create a certificate for physicians attending your CME activity.

Evaluation Form(2 page DOC)

This sample form is available as a guideline to be used when constructing your CME activity evaluation to be completed by participants.

Educational Grants Letter(2 page PDF)

CME providers may use this letter to explain to potential funders the AAFP's role as a credit system.

Full Disclosure and Identification and Resolution of Conflicts of Interest - Sample Document(4 page PDF)

This template should be edited to align with the CME provider’s own policy and procedures. AAFP encourages CME providers to meet with their own education committee and/or advisory board when creating their policy and procedures.