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Implementation of Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education by July 1, 2022

By Jillian A. Russell, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

In December 2020, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME, n.d.) replaced the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is one of seven accrediting bodies that have adopted these Standards, to replace the Content Integrity Standards for Industry Support in Continuing Nursing Educational Activities (Moulton et al., 2022). This adoption reflects interprofessional collaboration and optimal content integrity in the education space.

ANCC accredited organizations must implement these new Standards by July 1, 2022 (ANCC, 2020).

Explore each standard in detail here.

References

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. (n.d.). Standards for integrity and independence in accredited continuing education. https://accme.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/884_20201210_New Standards Standalone Package.pdf

American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2020, December). ANCC nursing continuing professional development program adopts new consensus standards for integrity and independence. https://www.nursingworld.org/news/news-releases/2020/ancc-nursing-continu-ing-professional-development-program-adopts--new-consensus-standards-for-in-tegrity-and-independence

Moulton, J., Richetti, D. A., & Dickerson, P. (2022). ANCC endorses and adopts the standards for integrity and independence in accredited continuing education. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 53(1), 5–7. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20211210-03

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