ACCME's Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation

Dear Alliance Members

We’re delighted to announce our Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation—our mechanism for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as CME providers.

The newly evolved criteria reflect the values, principles, and aspirations that the community of educators shared with us over the past several years. The new criteria incorporate recommendations from a diverse range of stakeholders about how to advance CME’s role in the changing health environment and leverage the power of education to improve healthcare.

Our goal is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes. We listened to the community’s extensive feedback and this final version is based on much of the feedback that you’ve given us and is designed to be both achievable and meaningful. As with the existing commendation criteria 16–22, compliance with the new commendation criteria is optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation.

We want to let you know that you can review the news release, criteria, implementation timeline, and other resources on our website now, at the links below. We also plan to disseminate the announcement more broadly via our email newsletter today.

News release: Accreditation Council for CME Announces New Commendation Criteria

Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: This PDF includes the new criteria, a Message from the ACCME, and explanatory information.

Introductory Webinar — Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: We hope you will join us on October 13 from 10:30 am-11:30 am Central to learn more about the criteria.

We appreciate your contributions to this process and look forward to working together to ensure our CME community’s successful implementation of the new criteria to achieve our shared goal of advancing quality and achieving outcomes in post-graduate medical education.

Take care,




Kate Regnier, MA, MBA

Executive Vice President

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

515 N. State Street, Suite 1801

Chicago, IL  60654

312.527.9200 (phone)

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