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Initial Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education

Initial Application Process

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The information below provides general information about CME accreditation and describes the process to become an accredited provider. Click here for information about reaccreditation.

A variety of organizations achieve initial CME accreditation, and IMQ provides help throughout the application and survey process. The initial accreditation process can take up to eighteen months, but typically averages six to eight months. An initial applicant is eligible for a two-year provisional accreditation that is based on compliance with selected criteria and policies as defined in the IMQ/CMA accreditation manual. Provisional accreditation does not guarantee reaccreditation after two years.A provider must demonstrate compliance with all criteria and policies during the two-year provisional accreditation in order to be reaccredited.

The CME initial accreditation process has three steps:

The Application Process

The Survey Process

The Decision