What is CME?

CME consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession. The content of CME is the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine and the provision of health care to the public (HOD policy #300.988)

Source: https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/public/cme/pra-booklet_0.pdf

What is CPPD?

Continuing professional development (CPD), or continuing physician professional development (CPPD) includes all activities that doctors undertake, both formally and informally including CME in order to maintain, update, develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes in response to the needs of their patients.

What is accredited CME?

Accredited CME is defined as:

Non-promotional learning activities certified for credit prior to the activity by an organization authorized by the credit system owner
Non-promotional learning activities for which the credit system owner directly awards credit.

Accredited CME providers may certify non-clinical subjects (e.g. office management, patient–physician communications, faculty development) for credits as long as these are appropriate to a physician audience and benefit the profession, patient care or public health. CME activities may describe or explain complementary and alternative health-care practices. As with any CME activity, these need to include discussion of the existing level of scientific evidence that supports the practices. However, education that advocates specific alternative therapies or teaches how to perform associated procedures, without scientific evidence or general acceptance among the profession that supports their efficacy and safety, cannot be certified credits.

Source: https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/public/cme/pra-booklet_0.pdf

Which activities are excluded for accreditation?

Activities ineligible for accreditation:

CME credits may not be claimed for learning that is incidental to the regular professional activities or practice of a health professional, such as learning that occurs from:

  • Clinical experience
  • Charity or mission work
  • Mentoring
  • Surveying
  • Serving on a committee, council, task force, board, house of delegates or other professional workgroup
  • Passing examinations that are not integrated with a certified activity
Source: https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/public/cme/pra-booklet_0.pdf

What is a CME credit?

A CME credit is the ‘currency’ assigned to CME activities. Physicians and other health-care professionals use credits to meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of specialty board certification, credentialing, membership in professional societies and other professional privileges. The requirements for credit designation are determined by the organization responsible for the credit system.

How can I earn credits via CMEPEDIA?

You can earn credits by studying CME modules for which accreditation has been approved by your professional body.
On our website, the endorsement history of each module has been displayed, so you can verify whether or not your professional body accredits the module of your choice.
You are at liberty to study modules that have not been recognized by your professional body. If they decide to recognize the content provider retrospectively, we will update your portfolio accordingly. CMEPEDIA does not guarantee that your professional body will accredit a certain provider in the future. We only facilitate your professional body to can do so with a few clicks of a mouse.

Can I self claim credits?

SSome professional bodies allow professionals to self-claim and document credits in activities that are not certified for standard credits. CMEPEDIA allows medical professionals to upload certificates for such activities into their portfolio. However, CMEPEDIA does not assume any responsibility for the recognition of such activities by professional bodies.

Who can claim credits?

Eligibility for credits can only be claimed by, and awarded to, health-care professionals and students. CMEPEDIA maintains an overview on its website of the activities which have been endorsed by professional bodies and recognized by institutions.

Who monitors the accredited CMEproviders?

The council of medical education, which awards the original credits (e.g. the American Medical Association [AMA] for the AMA physician’s recognition award [PRA] credit system) monitors for compliance with their credit system. They do so in several ways—through the accreditation self-study process, the investigation of complaints received and the review of information found in the public domain. Whenever warranted, the Council will proceed with follow-up inquiries to ascertain and address compliance with credit system requirements. If a CME provider fails to bring its content into compliance with its policies, the privilege to designate credits will be withdrawn.

Professional bodies in developing countries can endorse the process of quality control exercised by the council of medical education in the country of origin of the CME provider to avoid duplication of effort.

Which learning format does CMEPEDIA use?

CMEPEDIA distributes enduring learning materials. An enduring material is a certified CME activity that endures over a specified time. These include print, audio, video and Internet materials such as monographs, podcasts, CD-ROMs, DVDs, archived webinars as well as other web-based activities.

To be certified for credits, an enduring material activity must:

  • Meet all core requirements for certifying an activity.
  • Provide clear instructions to the learner on how to successfully complete the activity.
  • Provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objective(s) of the activity with an established minimum performance level. Examples include, but are not limited to, patient-management case studies, a post-test, and/or application of new concepts in response to simulated problems.
  • Communicate to the participants the minimum performance level that must be demonstrated in the assessment in order to successfully complete the activity for a credit.
  • Provide access to appropriate bibliographic sources to allow for further study.

Designating and awarding credit for participation in an enduring material

Credit designation for each enduring material must be determined by a mechanism developed by the accredited CME provider to establish a good faith estimate of the amount of time a physician will take to complete the activity to achieve its purpose and/or learning objectives (e.g. the average time it takes a small sample group of the target audience to complete the material). Credit is designated in 15 minute or 0.25 credit increments. Accredited CME providers must round off to the nearest quarter hour.
Credit should be awarded only to physicians who meet the minimum performance level on the assessment as established by the accredited CME provider.
CMPEDIA allows health-care professionals to upload other CME activities into their portfolio, such as attendance at live events, journal-based CME activities, test writing and manuscript reviews. However, CMEPEDIA does not assume any responsibility for the acceptance of the credits by the concerned professional body or institute of the health-care professional. Acceptance of such credits remains at the discretion of the professional body or institute.

How are credits recorded?

Whenever a premium user of CMPEDIA completes a CME activity successfully via the website, the credit is added to his portfolio. A basic user can print out a certificate of the activity. A basic user can opt to upgrade to a premium user status to obtain access to his portfolio.
CMEPEDIA sends a link to every premium user to the private and/or professional email address of the health-care professional, so that they can maintain this record for their personal use throughout their careers.

Can credits be awarded to health care professionals in other categories than the original professional category it was designed for?

Health professionals and other participants may not be awarded similar credits as the credits given to the original professional category a module was designed for. However, accredited CME providers may choose to issue documentation of participation to these participants that states that the activity was certified for a certain credit.

What is a conflict of interest?

CMEPEDIA considers that a financial relationship creates a conflict of interest with CME when an individual has both a financial relationship with a commercial interest, and the opportunity to affect the content of CME pertaining to the products or services of that commercial interest. The potential for maintaining or increasing the value of the financial relationship with the commercial interest creates an incentive to influence the content of the CME—an incentive to insert commercial bias. CMEPEDIA monitors the conflict of interests of its modules. CME providers have to complete a disclaimer on the interests of every author whenever they submit a module to the CMEPEDIA database.
CMEPEDIA uses three categories to distinguish between varying degrees of conflict of interest—content that is completely free of a conflict of interest (green), content that potentially has a conflict of interest (amber) and content where there is a higher risk of a conflict of interest (red). This colour coding is displayed on the website to inform users before a purchase.


Health-care professionals and students should note that CMEPEDIA does not serve as a direct measure of the competency of a health-care professional or a student; neither should CMEPEDIA be used for that purpose. Competence of a health-care professional or student represents the assessment of many complex measures, of which CME participation is only one.

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