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Functions of EACIC

The Committee is aware that there are national authorities with responsibility for CME within their own countries. Educational activities run within the boundaries of one country, and only attended by delegates from that country, will not fall within the remit of EACIC, unless there is no accreditation system in that country.

Accreditation from EACIC will mainly be granted to those educational activities/materials, which are, attended by/read by/used by, delegates from more than one European country. Thus, a meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, for example, which would expect to attract delegates from many countries in Europe, could seek accreditation from EACIC. However, a meeting of the British Association of Psychopharmacology, held in the UK, for its members, should seek accreditation via the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Credits designated by EACIC will be on the simple basis that one CME credit is, approximately, equal to one hour of educational activity. This is in accord with most other systems. CME credits designated by EACIC will thus be equivalent to those of the majority of national systems.

Functions of the EACIC

To develop the guidelines and processes which should be adhered to in providing CME, and to ensure that the required standards are being met by any organization providing CME in CNS

To accredit activities e.g. conferences, satellite symposia, educational materials, stand-alone workshops/meetings, and to designate credits to those meetings that meet the standards set by the EACIC

To report to the organizers on the evaluation from participants to the activities.

To liaise with CME bodies at a national level, at European level at international events, to discuss issues that will affect CME at a European level, and to ensure that EACIC is working in synergy with other groups developing CME systems

To review and assess developments in CME

To ensure that the guidelines developed by EACIC in the field of CNS will become the accepted standard in European countries

To provide reports, where possible, on the positive impact of CME activities on patient care and outcome
An initial added function of the European Committee for CME in CNS will be to assist in the development of a Europe-wide CME system to ensure that the standards set in the first few years will be of the highest possible quality.

Applications for CME, and designation of credits to CME activities will be charged a 'user fee.' The charge will be dependent on a number of factors:

The scale of the educational activity

The number of credits given by the EACIC

The time spent by the committee, or consultants to the committee, in evaluating the activities to ensure that they meet the required quality standards

Monitoring and dissemination of the evaluation reports