Compliance Policy

To protect the integrity and the quality of Satellite events and to ensure a successful outcome for all involved parties, the AAFP requires each Satellite Event CME provider to agree that they, their employees, facilitator(s) (if applicable), activity organizers, and supporters observe all applicable AAFP, ACCME(www.accme.org), and AMA(www.ama-assn.org) guidelines. Additionally, the AAFP reserves the right and discretion to restrict and/or dismiss at any time any event which it deems undesirable, in poor taste, or offensive to attendees. CME providers are encouraged to review these guidelines with staff to ensure compliance.

The CME provider of the CME event is held responsible for the event.

Events will be monitored for compliance and penalties will be cited for, including, but not limited to, the following situations:

  • Presenting content that is commercially biased, imbalanced, or scientifically unsound.
  • Failure to make appropriate written disclosures of relationships to participants prior to beginning the activity.
  • Failure to resolve conflict of interest prior to beginning the activity.
  • Failure to maintain appropriate independence from the promotional goals and activities of supporter(s).
  • Presenting a CME activity that involves sales or promotion.
  • Promoting products for unapproved uses.

These infractions will result in the CME provider being placed on a one-year suspension with ineligibility to participate in any Satellite events during the next year’s Assembly and/or permanently losing the privilege of participation in future Satellite events held in conjunction with AAFP Scientific Assembly.

If a violation is noted, the AAFP will issue a written notice, upon completion of the post-event evaluation process, outlining all infractions and consequent penalties to the CME provider, the entity responsible for the event. The CME provider will be instructed to send letters to the organizer and supporter outlining the infractions and penalties and reviewing the importance of presenting unbiased, balanced, and scientifically sound content with full disclosure, resolution of conflicts of interest and appropriate independence from the promotional goals and activities of supporter(s). AAFP will not reinstate the CME provider, following its probationary period, until this condition has been met.

If a CME provider is suspended and later merges with another organization, the suspension status remains in effect with the newly merged organization until the provisions for reinstatement are met.

If a supporter, activity organizer, or facilitator is involved in one or more events where infractions such as those described above are noted and a trend is apparent, or if a single infraction is particularly offensive, the AAFP reserves the right to restrict the supporter(s), the activity organizer(s), or the facilitator(s) from participating in future Satellite events held in conjunction with the AAFP Scientific Assembly for the period of time deemed appropriate to their role in the infraction.

The AAFP reserves the right to terminate an event at its discretion; warnings and penalties from prior years may be taken into account. In the event of such restriction or eviction, the AAFP will not be liable for any refunds, rentals or program/other related expenses.

To comply with the Physician Financial Transparency Reports (Sunshine Act), a provision within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, CME funders are required to report transfers of value from industry to physicians anywhere in the country from August 1, 2013 onward. The provision is designed to promote transparency in relationships between industry and physicians and to help control the rising costs of health care. When providing meals for learners at funded CME activities, signage must be placed outside of the room to inform attendees their meals may be reportable.

Questions?

Please email exhibits@aafp.org or call (800) 274-2237.