What follows is an exact replication of a scenario I presented to the ACCME and their response to my question as to whether the scenario would be compliant with the Standards for Commercial Support. My scenario is in italics and the ACCME’s response is in bold. Please keep in mind that this information is applicable only in the context of specific facts and circumstances provided to the ACCME.
An organization specializes in developing unique learning modules which are based on their core curriculum and self-funded. At times, commercial interests will approach them and ask them to do a module on “x” (for this scenario, let’s use “Type 2 Diabetes: Oral therapies through insulin combination” as an
example). The CME organization looks at their core curriculum to see if the topic is a match. If it is, they’ll do the module (funded by the commercial interest). If it doesn’t fit their core curriculum, they won’t do it. There is no other dialogue with the commercial interest beyond that and the CME organization controls the entire content development process.
The scenario you describe would not be in compliance. “Oral therapies through insulin combination” is the topic and the content of the CME, and the commercial interest has picked the topic and the content. See http://www.accme.org/ask-accme/can-accredited-provider-ask-commercial-interest-suggestions-related-topics-or-or-speakers