The professional responsibility of physicians requires continuous learning throughout their careers, appropriate to the individual physician’s needs. The Medical Association recognizes that physicians are responsible for choosing CME activities in accordance with their perceived and documented needs, individual learning styles, practice setting requirements and for evaluating their own learning achievements. The ACCME's Accreditation Criteria (including the Standards for Commercial Support) and Policies, therefore, are designed to encourage providers to consider the needs and interests of potential physician participants in planning their CME activities and to encourage the physicians to assume active roles in the planning process.
In the Accreditation Criteria and Policies, the ACCME has identified certain elements of structure, method and organization that contribute to the development of effective continuing medical education. Medical Association - accredited providers are required to implement the ACCME Criteria and Policies to achieve and maintain accreditation.