Activities Not Eligible for CME Credit
The AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) believes there are activities that are not appropriate for continuing medical education. In addition, there are activities that may be of educational interest and value to physicians that do not qualify for AAFP CME credit. The following are examples of activities for which no credit will be awarded:
- 50% of the total activity content does not meet the eligibility criteria for AAFP CME credit.
- Activities with a primary purpose of personal enrichment for the physician, e.g., wellness issues, management, retirement planning, estate planning, insurance or taxes.
- Activities that may be educational but are part of a physician's professional responsibility, such as time spent reviewing patient records (unless incorporated into a formal CME activity as part of a continuous quality improvement [CQI] module), participating in individual physician quality assurance/peer review activities, taking a certification examination, doing community and public educational activities, or serving as a medical missionary.
- Activities that provide historical perspective on medicine, unless the activity shows relevance to current medical issues.
- Supplemental reading that is not provided as an integral part of a CME activity.
- Activities designed to integrate or promote the use of dangerous medical practices. Dangerous medical practices are diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in which the risks substantially outweigh the benefits to patients.
- CME content is ineligible for credit if it promotes to physicians, or teaches physicians how to use, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions deemed dangerous or ineffective by one or more of the following:
- The COCPD
- Findings (meta-analyses or systematic reviews) reported by sources acceptable to the COCPD
- Governmental agencies and institutions of the United States
The AAFP reserves the right to deny credit to CME activities in which the educational objectives contradict AAFP policy.