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J Eur CME. 2018 Sep 3;7(1):1506202. doi: 10.1080/21614083.2018.1506202. eCollection 2018.

The future of accreditation of continuing medical education (CME)-continuing professional development (CPD) in Europe: harmonisation through dialogue and consensus.

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Continuing Medical Education - European Accreditors (CME-EA) Registered Association, Cologne, Germany.


In Europe, there are currently some 30 different jurisdictions and no overarching legislation regarding CME-CPD accreditation, since legislative competency related to national health-care systems lies with national authorities. Thus, public demonstration of professional agreement regarding the principles, rules and practice of CME-CPD as well as its accreditation is a highly desirable professional and political objective in Europe, where free movement and freedom to offer professional (medical) services is a key feature of the EU vision of the single market. The newly formed association of independent European accreditors, Continuing Medical Education - European Accreditors (CME-EA) is committed to offering a platform for dialogue between individuals and organisations involved in definition of professional codes in general, and accreditation of CME-CPD in particular on the national level. The aim is to reach a European consensus on principles and rules applied in planning and delivery of CME-CPD. This includes consensus on constituent characteristics of accreditors as well as principles and practice of accreditation.


Continuing medical education (CME); Europe; accreditation; continuing medical education-European accreditors (CME-EA); continuing professional development (CPD)

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