CME guide for providers

We are in the process of preparing the CME guide for providers. Initial information was presented at the  10th Annual European CME Forum. Take a look at this presentation and this one

gCMEp will present further concepts specifically designed for the provider community in Europe at the 11th Annual European CME Forum and other meetings over the coming months.

The group operates on collaborative principles, discussing and addressing key challenges and developments in the  European CME arena. These two publications are consensus views of the group from the early days, that are still valid today:

Guiding principles

Setting CME standards in Europe: guiding principles for medical education by Sheelagh Farrow, Darren Gillgrass, Alisa Pearlstone, Jack Torr, Eugene Pozniak, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2012 Nov;28(11):1861-71

Updated version currently in development.


Open letter to UEMS and EFPIA

In 2011 all members of the Good CME Practice agreed by consensus an Open Letter to UEMS and EFPIA calling on the two organisations to clarify the issue of arms length funding.

There have been some developments over the years. Representatives from industry gave a presentation at #9ECF in 2016 (Workshop 4c) and in 2018 members of the newly-created EFPIA working group on medical education published a paper explaining how industry engages with various types of medical education and promotion with respect to quality standards and funding models.

There is still little development from the accreditors. UEMS-EACCME, as well as many other accreditation bodies in Europe, still allow “Medical Communications agencies” to run CME programmes – in essence industry-controlled education. There needs to be clarity from the accreditors about the difference between funding routes and independence of the organisations planning and implementing CME programmes that they accredit. [click here to view letter].


Further Reading

Ascent to the Summit of the CME Pyramid by Robin Stevenson and Don Moore, published February 2018 in JAMA

A conceptual framework for planning and assessing learning in continuing education activities designed for clinicians in one profession and/or clinical teams, by Don Moore et al. published July 2018 in Medical Teacher

Doctors on the move: a European case study on the key characteristics of national recertification systems, follow-up paper from Carolyn Sehlbach’s presentation at #10ECF, published in BMJ Open in 2018

What Do I Need to Learn Today – The Evolution of CME, by Graham McMahon, published April 2016 in NEJM

Report on Proceedings of the Tenth Annual European CME Forum, Dublin, Ireland, November 2017

Framework for industry engagement and quality principles for industry-provided medical education in Europe, by medical education experts/specialists working in Europe within the pharmaceutical industry, published July 2017 in Journal of European CME (JECME)

Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education: Updated synthesis of systematic reviews
Published July 2014 by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The relationship between commercial support and bias in Continuing Medical Education activities: A review of the literature, 
published July 2008 by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

European CME needs the European Specialist Societies, published May 2017 in Journal of European CME (JECME)