The AAFP reserves the right to have a live monitor present at any activity approved for AAFP credit and/or perform a post-activity audit.
AAFP's CME Credit System and Compliance Department conducts three types of audits:
Random audits help to ensure compliance with AAFP CME Credit System rules, including the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support(www.accme.org).
The AAFP may perform a random audit on any activity that has been awarded AAFP Prescribed credit and/or AAFP Elective credit, up to one year from the date of the activity approval. The AAFP will contact the CME provider by email if the AAFP-certified activity is selected for an audit.
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Random Audit Process
CME providers must respond to the audit request by the deadline listed on the audit checklist document.
Complaint audits are conducted when the AAFP is made aware of concerns about any CME activity awarded credit by the AAFP.
Complaint Audit Process
Live (i.e., on-site) audits may be random, or they may be prompted by one or more of the following circumstances:
1. Suspicion of industry influence
2. Pattern of issues with the CME provider’s applications for CME credit
3. Learner/faculty complaint
The AAFP may perform a live audit on any activity that has been awarded AAFP Prescribed credit and/or AAFP Elective credit.
Live Audit Process
The following documentation must be submitted to fully comply with the AAFP audit request.
NOTE: If the institution has undergone an ACCME accreditation review within the last year, documentation of successful completion may be sent in lieu the following documents to satisfy this audit.
If activity had commercial support:
The AAFP reserves the right to perform a post-event audit and/or have a live monitor present at any AAFP certified CME activity.
When an activity is found non-compliant in more than one area in an initial audit, the AAFP COCPD Executive Committee reserves the right to suspend a CME provider’s eligibility to apply for AAFP credit.
Failure to attest to resolve areas of non-compliance identified in an audit will result in an automatic suspension of a CME provider’s eligibility to apply for AAFP credit.
Indication that a CME provider has not followed through on its commitment to resolve areas of non-compliance with reasonable effort will result in automatic suspension of a CME provider’s eligibility to apply for AAFP credit.
The AAFP communicates the result to the CME provider, using the following compliance criteria:
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