AAFP CME Credit System
Tools for CME Developers
AAFP is committed to helping members, educators, and CME providers as they develop CME activities for family physicians in accordance with ACCME and AAFP guidelines by providing access to a variety of CME development tools and references.
CME providers applying for CME credit must comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. The activity director must attest on the CME application that the CME activity meets every requirement of the Standards, whether or not the activity is being supported with commercial funding. All parties involved should have an understanding of these Standards.
The following policies must be in place by every CME provider:
- Policy and procedure for full disclosure.
- Policy and procedure for identification and resolution of conflicts of interest.
- Policy on honoraria.
Other documents needed on file include but are not limited to:
- Signed letter of agreement from each commercial supporter, if activity was commercially funded.
- Signed full disclosure form from each faculty, planner, author, editor, and reviewer (anyone who can impact the content of the CME activity).
- Copy of AAFP CME application and supporting materials submitted for review and official CME credit approval form received from AAFP.
- CME activity evaluation results.
- List of all participants.
All documentation associated with CME activity development should be retained for one year by the CME provider.
Sample forms for use by CME providers, including sample CME credit certificate and activity evaluation form, and sample policies on honoraria for and disclosure/conflict of interest by CME faculty.
This template may be used to create a certificate for physicians attending your CME activity.
This sample form is available as a guideline to be used when constructing your CME activity evaluation to be completed by participants.
CME providers may use this letter(2 page PDF) to explain to potential funders the AAFP's role as a credit system.
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.