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J Eur CME. 2017 Apr 28;6(1):1312062. doi: 10.1080/21614083.2017.1312062. eCollection 2017.

Position paper on current aspects of sponsoring in accredited CME.

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on behalf of the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP), Lausanne, Switzerland.
Department for Pneumology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
on behalf of the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC), Cologne, Germany.
Municipal Hospital Cologne-Merheim, Department II for Internal Medicine II, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
on behalf of the European Board for Accreditation in Haematology (EBAH), The Hague, Netherlands.
Department for Haematology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
on behalf of the European Board for Accreditation in Infectious Diseases (EBAID).
Department II for Internal Medicine, University Hospital Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany.
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Education and Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Department II for Cardiology, University Hospital Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece.
National Specialised Hospital for Active Treatment of Hematological Diseases, Sofia, Bulgaria.
EBAP, Lausanne, Switzerland.
EBAH, The Hague, Netherlands.
EBAC, Cologne, Germany.


This position paper is the result of a collaborative approach of several European Specialty Accreditation Boards (ESABs) and, has been stimulated by their current experience in accreditation regarding roles and responsibilities assumed by sponsors of accredited continuing medical education (CME). The suggestions made in this paper aim to preserve the fundamental principle in CME accreditation that the physician in charge of the programme has sole responsibility for the selection of topics, speakers, content and format, as well as mode of presentation, and that sponsors will under no circumstances interfere with this principle. This is considered as a responsibility of an individual physician (or physicians), which cannot be delegated, even in part, to third parties. This responsibility has been extended to include all communication before and after the event. The paper also identifies undecided issues, about which ESABs are committed to elaborate proposals in the future.


European Specialty Accreditation Boards; independent CME; information material; medical education company; professional congress organiser (PCO); sponsoring; transparency

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