The following policies apply to CME providers who submit an application for AAFP credit.
Organizational Eligibility Policy
The Credit System’s Organization Eligibility Policy requires transparency from CME provider organizations to establish and maintain organizational eligibility. Under this policy:
The AAFP Credit System will maintain the confidentiality of CME provider organization information and will use and/or disclose it for the following purposes only:
In addition, the AAFP reserves the right to use any information that is or may become publicly available.
CME providers must conduct CME activities in a professional and businesslike manner.
The AAFP reserves the right to deny CME credit if a CME provider's business practices interfere with the delivery of a quality CME learning experience or contradict the AAFP’s stance on a given procedure or practice.
Beyond failure to meet the eligibility criteria, reasons the AAFP may choose to deny CME credit include, but are not limited to:
The AAFP is committed to ensuring that appropriate quality CME is available to the nation's family physicians. To ensure compliance with current CME regulations, the AAFP reserves the right to monitor any activity that has been awarded AAFP credit. In addition to investigating complaints and questionable applications, the AAFP randomly selects activity applications for routine educational audits. Check out more information on audits.
The Credit System’s suspension policy is intended to address repeated non-compliance with Credit System eligibility requirements, including the ACCME Standards. CME provider organizations may be placed on suspension in any of the following circumstances:
While on suspension, the CME provider may not modify existing applications or submit new credit applications. Any activities with an active credit term will remain active until they expire unless the CME provider organization is otherwise notified. No fees are charged when a CME provider is on suspension.
Suspension lasts two years. At the end of the suspension, the CME provider must go through a probation review process to become fully reinstated to apply for AAFP CME credit.
At the end of a suspension, a CME provider must go through a probation review prior to being fully reinstated to apply for AAFP CME credit.
To begin the probation process the CME provider must submit the following to email@example.com for preliminary review:
Once payment is received, staff will review the probation request.
If the sample activity materials are deemed non-compliant, the suspension will remain in place until compliant sample materials are received.
If the sample activity materials are deemed compliant, the probation review will be initiated, and the CME provider will regain access to their account and will be permitted to submit new credit applications. Each application submitted during the probation process will undergo a full content review by an AAFP Credit System physician reviewer, so all content and materials must be provided at the time of application submission. Please see the fees page for applicable fees.
The CME provider must have two successive credit applications reviewed and approved by AAFP during the probation process to be taken off probation and fully reinstated.
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