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Post Approval Information
Once the CME provider receives official credit approval by e-mail from their AAFP review coordinator, they may use the credit statement listed on their approval. See credit statements.
A. The term of approval covers issues published within a 1-year period beginning with the first accredited publication. Providers may apply for a 1-year or 2-year term of approval for each accredited year. AAFP accreditation of sequential years of the same journal requires re-accreditation as an "original" since the content changes from year to year.
AAFP must be notified immediately if there is a need to change the distribution date. The distribution date cannot be extended more than 6 months from the original distribution date.
B. Approval for AAFP credit does not imply authorization to use the AAFP logo or name in any association with the activity, including activity materials other than the authorized credit statement.
C. Upon written notification of credit approval, "Save the Date" announcements and advertisements may indicate that AAFP credit has been approved without using the full, official AAFP credit statement. They may read "AAFP (Prescribed or Elective) credits approved."
D. CME provider organizations must commit to and conduct CME activities in a professional and quality businesslike manner as well as in strict accordance with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) accreditation criteria and policies, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Guidelines and Standards for Commercial Support. The American Academy of Family Physicians reserves the right to withhold or withdraw CME credit in the event a CME provider's business practices interfere with the delivery of a quality CME learning experience and/or the presentation of the activity does not meet the AAFP's stated criteria.
Other causes to withhold or withdraw its credit include but not limited to:
- Portrayal of incorrect, inadequate, inappropriate, or incomplete clinical, scientific, medical/legal, socioeconomic or commercially biased information.
- Unethical distribution of material, such as offering the material as a prize or bonus for favors, inappropriate advertising which misrepresents the material or which inaccurately portrays the material, or misrepresentation of the CME credit which may be acquired by using the materials.
- Release of confidential information regarding any physician's participation in the activity or use of the material.
- Release of information regarding individual or aggregate scores or results of scores that may be obtained through tests taken by physicians participating in the activity or using the material.
- Use of advertising materials not in compliance with item A, bullet point #2 of the Application Process.
F. There is a processing fee of $100 for any CME application that needs to be re-reviewed by AAFP after the CME provider receives official credit approval from AAFP. Re-review of an application is necessary when the CME credits of an activity change.
Complete the Request for Re-Review form (1-page Word file; About Downloading) and submit with the revised CME application to AAFP.
G. CME providers are not required to distribute certificates of participation to physicians who complete their activity. AAFP members may report their CME credit to AAFP without documentation online, or by calling 800-274-8043. However, physicians need certificates for state licensing and credentialing, and AAFP encourages CME providers to provide a certificate. View a sample certificate (1-page Word file; About Downloading).
H. Final approval of all CME credit rests with the Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD). Should a CME provider wish to appeal determination of credit, a letter of intent to appeal must be submitted within 30 days after approval of credit. Sufficient information and documentation to support the appeal must be submitted for re-review within 3 months of the date of the letter of intent to appeal. Send all materials to the Executive/Appeals Subcommittee of the COCPD, CME Accreditation Department, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211. If necessary, the appeal will be brought to the attention of the full commission for final action. Exception to this policy will be at the discretion of the COCPD. Please contact Sheryl Druen at 800-274-2237, ext. 6547, with questions.
I. The AAFP is committed to assuring that appropriate quality CME is available to the nation's family physicians. As a CME accrediting body, the AAFP reserves the right to monitor and ensure compliance with current regulations governing CME of any activity that has been awarded AAFP CME credit. In addition to investigating complaints and questionable applications, the AAFP randomly selects activity applications for routine educational audits.
J. All documentation associated with activity development, including records verifying physician participation, should be retained for six years by the CME provider.
Ad Space: CME providers may purchase ad space in American Family Physician (AFP) journal. Contact Donna Kelley at 800-237-7027.
AAFP's CME Center: All CME activities approved for AAFP CME credit are listed automatically in the AAFP's CME Center. However, CME providers have the ability to opt out of listing their CME activities.