(Definitions established by the Commission on Continuing Professional Development)
The CME activity must fully comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support and the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) Gifts to Physicians from Industry Opinion 8.061.
The CME activity must be relevant to the scope of family medicine.
The CME activity must be primarily designed for physicians and have an AAFP Active or Life member directly involved in the planning of the activity to ensure the relevance of the content to the specialty of family medicine.
The CME activity may be primarily designed for health care professionals other than physicians. Direct involvement of an AAFP Active or Life member in the planning of the activity is not required.
All clinical content presented in the activity must be evidence-based and/or customary and generally accepted (CGA) medical practice, OR, if some or all of the clinical content within the activity appears to be neither evidence-based or CGA, it must not appear to the COCPD to be dangerous or ineffective. In this case, content must offer a balanced explanation of potential benefits and risks AND be presented in a manner that is intended to inform the physician, rather than train the physician in the practical application of the content.
The provider must also demonstrate that at least 50% of the educational content meets one or more of the following criteria:
(1) The activity content has a direct bearing on patient care.
(2) The activity content is related to selected non-clinical topic(s) that support the physician's professional role in patient care, including, but not limited to the following:
(a) Medical ethics
(c) Patient-centered advocacy
(d) Physician-patient relations
(e) Professional and/or academic leadership
(f) Teaching and faculty development
(3) The activity content has a direct bearing on family physicians' ability to deliver patient care. These topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Health care system/practice management
(b) Laboratory regulations
(c) Utilization review techniques/quality assurance
The Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) is charged with exercising its professional judgment in the interpretation and application of the AAFP CME Credit System Eligibility Requirements in order to ensure that AAFP CME credit is awarded to activities that are appropriate for AAFP members. The COCPD has the authority to deny any activity or portion of activity that does not appear to align with the intentions of the requirements.
(April 2020 BOD)