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Enduring Materials

PROCEDURE FOR EUROPEAN ACCREDITATION OF ENDURING MATERIALS

Guiding Principles

Four guiding principles, if practiced by all parties to CME presentations, can limit the introduction of bias in the CME setting. These are:

  1. CME is conducted for the education of the audience (physicians and other health workers) and, by extension, for the benefit of their patients. It promotes the dissemination of knowledge, skills, and more effective care.
  2. CME programs should be objective and, where legitimate differences or contrasting views exist, balanced.
  3. Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Faculty use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality.
  4. The information presented at CME activities must be unbiased. Disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest or any other potentially biasing factors must be presented to the audience. Disclosure should help participants to make judgments about potential bias.

Procedures

Applications for accreditation should be made by a member of the scientific programme on the EACIC website (http://www.eacic.eu) .

Materials for accreditation should be submitted to the EACIC secretariat, with an outline of the content detailing the learning objectives and the main points of each section. Questions regarding doctor's evaluation of the quality of the material and its influence on their clinical practice should also be included. A multiple choice questions and answers section should also be included. The question and answers section should investigate how a doctor would respond in a given situation. The content of the materials should follow the guidelines for accreditation i.e. fair balance, no brand names etc.

An Acknowledgement Receipt Application message is sent by the EACIC Secretariat to the applicant.

  1. The review of the materials can begin.
  2. The EACIC will review the content and make any request for modification and further information if necessary.
  3. Accreditation is confirmed in writing by the EACIC secretariat only when the materials conform to CME guidelines and the EACIC have provided approval.
  4. Once accreditation has been granted, the applicant will be invoiced. The fee covers the time of both review process and liaison with the applicant by the EACIC secretariat, and the monitoring of the event.
  5. A copy of the enduring material as finally produced will need to be sent to the EACIC Secretariat on completion.
  6. Doctors will have to fill the on-line evaluation form and answers section along with their names and email address in order to receive a certificate of credits. Once they have filled their form, the certificates will be e-mailed automatically. A charge to cover costs will be made.
    The EACIC Secretariat will prepare a report which will be provided to the applicant. The accreditation fee includes this report.

Steering Committee (December 2010)

Chairman: Prof. J. Mendlewicz (Belgium)
Secretary: Dr D. Souery (Belgium)
Members: J. Jauniaux (Belgium-EC), Prof C. Altamura (Italy)and Prof J. Zohar (Israel)


External referees

Prof. M. Bourin (France), Prof. E. Griez (The Netherlands), Prof. Y. Lecrubier ✝ (France), Prof. D. Marazziti (Italy), Prof. H.J. Möller (Germany), Prof. S. Ögren (Sweden), Prof. M. Pandolfo (Belgium), Prof. S. Stahl (USA), Prof. M. Trimble (UK), Dr. Isabelle Massat (Belgium), Dr. Luc Staner (France), Prof. Stephan Claes (Belgium).

European Accreditation Committee in CNS (EACIC)
Association internationale à but scientifique

Office: Laurence Reichelt
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1180 Brussels
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Mobile telephone number: +32 479 987440
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