AMBOSS CME information and policies

Last updated: May 17, 2022

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AMBOSS has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded Provisional Accreditation for two years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that AMBOSS delivers CME that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

The mission of the AMBOSS CME program is to develop a library of articles that provide clinicians with updated, evidence-based, clinically relevant information on a wide range of diseases and conditions, in a concise and accessible format optimized to support learning and clinical decision-making. The expected results of the program are an increase in clinical competence and an improvement in the clinical performance of participants.

  • Purpose: To promote the professional development of clinicians and provide support for clinical decision-making.
  • Target audience: Currently practicing clinicians, across various clinical and academic settings internationally
  • Funding source: None
  • Content: CME content is developed by a team of physician authors and editors in a standardized process that includes multi-stage peer review. The research sources that are used include updated best practice guidelines and expert recommendations, are adherent to accepted standards of scientific evidence and are fully referenced. Content is free of commercial bias and adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.
  • Expected results: The AMBOSS CME program is designed to increase the clinical competence of program participants and to improve the quality of the clinical care they provide in practice, as measured by self-report.

AMBOSS has processes in place to ensure that all CME content it provides is independent and free of bias from any commercial interests. These processes are in compliance with the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, and are conducted in the following order.

  1. Identification of financial relationships
    • All individuals who have any element of control over CME content are required to disclose information annually about all financial relationships with ineligible companies in the past 24 months.
      • The nature of the relationship and the name of the ineligible company must be disclosed.
      • Relationships must be disclosed regardless of the amount involved.
      • An ineligible company, previously known as a commercial interest, is defined as any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
    • This information is collected on a standardized form, and all forms are maintained on file.
    • Individuals who decline to disclose this information are not permitted to be involved with any aspect of CME content.
  2. Exclusion of owners or employees of ineligible companies: Individuals who own or are employed by an ineligible company are prohibited from having control over or involvement with any aspect of AMBOSS CME content, unless the CME content has no relation to the business lines or products of their employer/company.
  3. Identification and mitigation of COIs
    • Disclosures are reviewed to determine whether an individual has a financial relationship that is relevant to the CME content over which the individual has control.
    • For CME planners (including the Chief Medical Officer, Editor-in-Chief, and Content Leads): COIs are not permitted. If identified, they are required to be divested.
    • For individuals in all other CME roles (including authors and editors): Peer review of content by a non-conflicted individual is a standard part of our development process for all CME.
  4. Disclosure of COIs
    • Disclosures of the existence or non-existence of conflicts of interest for all content contributors will be displayed in the topmost section of each CME topic article.
    • Where a relevant financial relationship exists, the name of the individual, the name of the ineligible company, and the nature of the relationship is disclosed.

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