CME Providers, Terms and Definitions

Following are terms which describe the various relationships institutions and organizations might have with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

A CME provider may promote Prescribed/Elective credits for an activity only upon approval of “AAFP Application for CME Credit Approval” as described in the AAFP CME Accreditation Web page. No other statements may be printed on programs or promotional materials without written authorization from the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) reviews and approves requests for AAFP continuing medical education credits. This status does not imply or reflect AAFP endorsement of the activity or its content.

Prescribed credit indicates that the activity has family medicine input. A family physician who is an Active or Life AAFP member must be directly involved in the planning of the activity to ensure relevance to the specialty of family medicine, and that the activity is intended primarily for physicians. (Application for Prescribed credits must be approved prior to the activity date.)

Elective credit does not require family physician input.

The AAFP Board Chair must approve the following designations:

(1) Request for In Cooperation With the AAFP:
In Cooperation With denotes that the AAFP has had a liaison representative involved in the planning of the activity. In Cooperation With does not imply AAFP credit. To be eligible for AAFP continuing medical education credit as well, activity producers/sponsors must apply for credit through the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development. The approval process is outlined in the AAFP CME Accreditation web page.

An official representative of the other organization must submit a written request on the organization’s official letterhead for “in cooperation with” status to the Executive Vice President, AAFP, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211. If further review is required, the request will be submitted to the appropriate AAFP commission.

(2) Request for Joint Sponsorship of a CME activity with the AAFP:
Joint Sponsorship With denotes a sharing of the planning and funding of a CME activity between the AAFP and another national organization. AAFP maintains full responsibility for the planning, development, administration, and evaluation of the CME activity, based on established policies, procedures, and practices for AAFP-sponsored CME activities.

An official representative of the other organization must submit a written request on the organization’s official letterhead for joint sponsorship to the Executive Vice President, AAFP, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211. If further review is required, the request will be submitted to the appropriate AAFP commission or committee.

(3) Request for Endorsed By the AAFP:
Endorsed by indicates that the activity is of value and interest to AAFP members but is not designed as continuing medical education.

(1999) (2010 COD)