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THE ROLE OF COMMERCIAL INTERESTS

Accredited CME is a healthy, growing enterprise. According to the ACCME’s 2014 Annual Report accredited activities received $2.6 billion, invested in continuing education from a wide variety of sources including government grants, private donations, institutional allocations, commercial support, and the registration fees of healthcare professionals.

The Role of Corporate Support and Sponsorship

Commercial Support

Unrestricted educational grants are an important source of funding for continuing medical education and allow tuition costs to remain accessible to a wider range of healthcare professionals.

In-Kind Educational Support

From anatomical models to medical devices, accredited hands-on training requires equipment, materials and supplies. CCM is uniquely qualified to coordinate activities with this education format.

Technical Exhibits

When not in session, attendees can benefit from learning more about the technologies and services available to their practices and patients.

Commercial Support of Education

Commercial Support for a CME activity is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity. The definition of roles and requirements when commercial support is received are outlined in the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

Industry Promotional Activities

Exhibits and advertisements are promotional activities and not continuing medical education. Therefore, monies paid by commercial interests to providers for these promotional activities are not considered to be commercial support. As an accredited provider, Complete Conference Management fulfills all of the ACCME’s requirements while using sound fiscal and business practices with respect to promotional activities.

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