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The Application Process for CME Accreditation

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Several months prior to an organization’s expiration date, IMQ sends the CME coordinator and CME chair a letter with instructions and deadlines for reaccreditation. Accredited providers are assigned to accreditation groups, or cohorts, and each group is assigned the same deadlines for submissions and reviews. This letter is also sent via e-mail.

The first required submission is an updated Demographic Information Form and a List of Activities (LOA) conducted during the organization’s accreditation period. IMQ selects from the LOA those activities that must be submitted with the application. Up to fifteen activities may be selected, representing each type of activity and spanning the entire term of accreditation.

The organization then submits two complete copies of their accreditation application, two copies of each selected activity file, and the accreditation fee by the assigned due date. The application and activity files demonstrate compliance with criteria 1-3 and 7-12 and with all accreditation polices. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to address the criteria for Accreditation with Commendation (16-22); noncompliance with criteria 16-22 will not negatively impact the accreditation decision.