AAFP Credit System FAQ
Other Important Questions Including Quality Control
The AAFP Credit System is governed by the Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD). The commission provides oversight for development, and as a quality control measure, members of the commission review a percentage of the total applications received by the AAFP Credit System.
Yes. The AAFP conducts three types of audits:
Random: Help to ensure compliance with AAFP Credit System rules, including the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support(www.accme.org).
Complaint: Conducted when the AAFP is made aware of concerns (e.g., feedback from the learners) about any activity that has been awarded AAFP Prescribed credit and/or AAFP Elective credit.
Live: May be performed on any activity that has been awarded AAFP Prescribed credit and/or AAFP Elective credit.
Learn more about activity audits.
The AAFP Credit System does award AAFP credit to physician wellbeing topics that align with the AAFP Credit System’s Eligibility Requirements. The AAFP Credit System recognizes the importance of physician wellbeing in maintaining personal and professional wellbeing and in providing quality patient care. To support physician wellbeing, the AAFP’s Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) has provided guidance to the AAFP Credit System for CME provider organizations who want to design educational activities on this topic and who want those activities to be eligible for CME credit. Staff encourage CME provider organizations to consider the following guidance when designing and offering educational activities on physician wellbeing topics:
Activities and sessions that are eligible for CME credit are:
- Those that are informational, including, but not limited to, discussing data and evidence regarding physician wellbeing, physician burnout, a physician's ability to maintain wellbeing in the practice environment, and current techniques or evidence-based recommendations to address these issues.
- Those that are instructional if there is a direct link to patient care (e.g., guiding learners through the practical application of mindfulness techniques or yoga poses, specifically to be taught to patients). CME provider organizations will be required to make this connection within the credit application or upon a request for additional information to clarify the intent.
Activities and sessions that are not eligible for CME credit are:
- Those that are instructional and designed specifically for the physician's personal benefit and not intended to be taught to the patient.
- Those that do not align with any other part of the AAFP Credit Eligibility Requirements.
The AAFP’s Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) issued a Call for Comment on Functional Medicine in September 2017. As a result of the call, a summarized report was provided to the COCPD. This report, in conjunction with several literature reviews and the results of an AAFP member survey, helped inform the COCPD’s decision to lift the moratorium on Functional Medicine. The AAFP Credit System will begin approving Functional Medicine topics in alignment with the AAFP Credit System’s Eligibility Requirements, and the additional guidance provided by the COCPD, effective immediately.
- Eligible activities and sessions for credit: limited to those that provide the clinician with an overview or scope of Functional Medicine and the techniques that Functional Medicine practitioners use so that the clinician can educate patients who inquire about Functional Medicine. (Examples may include introducing the topic of Functional Medicine or explaining the Functional Medicine matrix).
- Ineligible activities and sessions for credit: those that teach the clinician how to do various techniques, modalities, or applications of Functional Medicine that practitioners may implement in their clinical practices. (Examples may include teaching how to treat patients using various Functional Medicine modalities or applying Functional Medicine to clinical practice).