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Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

Requirements designed to ensure that accredited continuing education serves the needs of patients and the public, is based on valid content, and is free from commercial influence. The Standards comprise five standards: Ensure Content is Valid; Prevent Commercial Bias and Marketing in Accredited Continuing Education; Identify, Mitigate, and Disclose Relevant Financial Relationships; Manage Commercial Support Appropriately; Manage Ancillary Activities Offered in Conjunction with Accredited Continuing Education. Released in December 2020, the Standards for Integrity and Independence replace the Standards for Commercial Support. The Standards have been adopted by Joint Accreditation and the co-founders of Joint Accreditation (ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC), as well as other accrediting bodies in the health professions.