The International Family Doctors Association complies with international codes of practice for the promotion of medicines issues by the International representative organizations of pharmaceutical industries, i.e. International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations.
Furthermore, IFDA automatically requests the European accreditation through the UEMS-EACCME.
The European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)®
(Extract from History and political background (http://www.uems.net/ structure, purpose and procedures)
In 1999, EACCME has been establish especially to facilitate access to quality CME for European doctors, contribute to the quality of CME in Europe and make exchange of CME credits in Europe possible.
Structure of the EACCME
Right from the start of the EACCME it was clear that the national professional regulatory bodies could approve a structure making CME credits in Europe exchangeable, but only with the condition that they will remain firmly in charge of events in their own country and that they would have a decisive vote in the governing body of the EACCME.
Role of the EACCME
The EACCME received its mandate from the national regulatory bodies, but with several distinct conditions:
- The National Authority should be maintained. The EACCME should not become a supranational body, but a link and clearing-house between the national regulatory bodies.
- The final word concerning accreditation of each activity should thus rest with the national regulatory body in the country where the activity takes place.
- The Brussels administration should be as lean as possible.
- Quality assurance and determination of number of credits of separate CME activities should be decentralized. Here the EACCME should rely upon the expertise of professional bodies in each specialty such as the UEMS Sections/Boards and national/European professional societies, thus avoiding duplication of quality assurance proceedings.
- There should be no accreditation of commercially biased activities, internet activities and for the time being each activity should be judged separately. So providers are not accredited for series of activities stretching over years.
- Administrative expenses of the EACCME should be borne by the providers of activities applying for European accreditation. The expenses should be limited, avoiding duplication in Brussels of work done already in the professional bodies. Only within the framework of these conditions do the national regulatory bodies guarantee recognition of EACCME credits obtained by doctors in their country. The EACCME has been working strictly within this mandate. This means that the procedure is as follows:
- The provider of a CME activity requests European Accreditation of that event with the EACCME at its Brussels office. Full details concerning the activity should be provided together with the application. This will be judged against the UEMS Quality criteria.
- The EACCME requests professional advice from a professional body, which may not be the provider itself. The professional bodies such as the UEMS Sections/Boards and national/European professional societies have the final say in the determination of the number of credits based upon the "credit-hour". Often the provider has already obtained such accreditation, which can be forwarded to the EACCME together with the formal application.
- The EACCME requests approval from the national regulatory body. When this is obtained the EACCME grants European accreditation.
This procedure meets the political requirements of the national regulatory bodies. The added value of the EACCME is the link between the professional societies, and others, who are the providers of CME and the national regulatory bodies.
Once the European accreditation granted by EACCME, IFDA prints the certificates of attendance that will have to be handled during the congress.
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