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Policy on Enduring Materials

Definition of Enduring Materials

The ACCME defines CME enduring materials as non-live CME activities that endure over time.  Enduring materials exist in various formats, such as the Internet, podcasts, satellite broadcasts, videotapes, monographs, DVD, CD Rom or other formats that allow the learning experience to take place at any time in any place.  

 

Policy

 

CME Information Provided to Learners

For enduring CME activities in which the learner participates electronically (e.g., via Internet, CD-ROM, satellite broadcasts), it is the policy of AAGL that the following CME information be transmitted to the learner prior to beginning the CME activity in such a manner that the information must be read, without an opt-out option, before proceeding to the content of the activity:

 

Evaluation and Post Test

 

Securing CME Credit

AAGL determines CME credit  for each activity based on a good faith estimate of the amount of time it will take learners to complete the activity, as determined by a small sampling of the target audience to determine the average length of time to complete the activity.

Credits are awarded to learners (1) who meet the minimum performance level as stated above and (2) as claimed by the learner up to the maximum credits for which the activity was certified.

Enduring activities are approved for up to three years or less depending on the half-life of the information in the activity as determined in the original planning process or as indicated by new scientific developments. Prior to renewing an activity, AAGL will convene a panel of experts to ensure that content is accurate and up-to-date.

Maintenance of Copies of the Enduring Material during the Accreditation Cycle

AAGL maintains a paper or electronic version of each enduring material, even after it has expired, during the current accreditation cycle so that it may be viewed upon request by the ACCME.

Placement of CME Activities on a Site Owned or Controlled by a Commercial Interest

If an activity is web-based, it is the policy of the ACCME and AAGL that such enduring materials be placed either on its own website, or if another site provides distribution of the activity as a vendor, then that site may not be owned or related to a commercial interest. 

Advertisements in Enduring Materials

AAGL does not permit advertisements in enduring materials.

Referencing Trade Names

As a general rule, AAGL does not reference trade-named products in its enduring materials. Should a situation arise in which the use of a trade name is warranted because learners would not recognize the generic or scientific name of the product referenced in the context of treatment discussions, then all products mentioned should reference their trade names so as not to distinguish the products of a company supporting the activity.

Maintaining Independence in the Planning and Execution of an Enduring Material

AAGL requires that the planning and execution of enduring materials ensure the following:

AAGL does not permit representatives of commercial supporters to assist in the distribution of enduring materials. However, at the request of AAGL, a commercial supporter may assist in the distribution of materials that promote the availability of the enduring material so long as it is produced by AAGL and that material clearly identifies AAGL as the CME provider and the supporter for the provision of an educational grant. 

* This policy was approved by the Professional Development Committee on 2/24/14

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