Benefits of trusted provider status
The trusted providers will benefit from an expedited process for some fields of the criteria. The applicant enjoying the Trusted Provider status will be relieved from providing certain documents during the submission process but will need to have these available at the time of the event.
For trusted providers:
- The evaluation process is reduced to 4 weeks.
- COI forms do not need to be submitted at the time of the application, but must be available at the time of the event for possible monitoring. This applies to the members of the Organising/ Scientific organisation committee and to the faculty;
- Application sent for review without waiting to receive the payment. However, the payment must be received before the finalisation of the procedure.
Criteria to be fulfilled in order to obtain the status of "Trusted Provider"
1) Minimum of 10 applications/year during the last 2 years
The applicant for Trusted Provider status will have to provide the UEMS-EACCME® with their track record of applications submitted. The UEMS-EACCME® will check the applicant’s list against its own records.
2) Consistent record of high quality applications
- Application form completed correctly
- Application accurately completed and paid on time
- All supporting documents complete and submitted on time
- Positive final UEMS-EACCME® decision for all applications received
- Event material (booklet, website, app…) compliant with UEMS-EACCME® criteria
3) If amendments have been required to the Applicant’s applications
- These have been performed rapidly (consistently in less than one week)
- The amendments fully addressed the concerns raised
4) The applicant has provided feedback on his/her applications to the EACCME®
- Scientific programme distributed to participants at the meeting in a printed or electronic form
- Event feedback report provided for every accredited activity (within one month)
In addition to these criteria, the applicant must answer the following questions:
- How can/do participants register in advance for an event?
- Demonstrate that for each activity a needs assessment process has been completed, how that process was performed and what relevant educational needs have been identified from that process.
- Explain how actual conflicts of interest are resolved in the case of an actual conflict of interest of a member of the Organising and/or Scientific Committee and/or of a speaker.
- Explain how attendance is monitored at each session of an event and how EACCME® certificates are delivered to participants.
Granting of the "Trusted Provider" status
When the application for Trusted Provider status is complete, it is presented to the UEMS-EACCME® Governance Board for decision. The Trusted Provider status is granted for a defined period of 3 years.
In recognition of the high quality of the LEEs organised by trusted providers, the EACCME® offers a bronze (up to 10 applications per year), silver (more than 10 and up to 20 applications per year), gold (more than 20 and up to 30 applications per year) and platinum (more than 30 applications per year) Trusted Provider status. The EACCME® will present the trusted providers and their status (bronze, silver, etc..) in a prominent page on its website and the trusted providers can also present their status on their own websites and LEEs.
If the Board’s decision is negative the Applicant can submit a written reasoned appeal to the UEMS Secretary General within 2 weeks of receiving the Board’s decision. The Secretary General can ask the Board for reconsideration of the application within 2 weeks or confirm the decision in which case the decision becomes final. The decision taken by the Board after reconsideration of the application is final.
If the UEMS-EACCME® decision on trusted provider status is negative, a renewed application can be submitted no earlier than after 1 year.
Loss of the status of "trusted provider"
The UEMS-EACCME® will monitor randomly selected activities organized by a Trusted Provider. Should the outcome of monitoring of the activity not be satisfactory, the report from the monitoring will be submitted to the EACCME® Governance Board that will consider retraction of the Trusted Provider status. The Board may ask the provider in question to provide additional information and explanations. If the Board finds the provider in breach with the UEMS-EACCME® rules, the provider will lose the status of Trusted Provider for a defined period, not shorter than 1 year.
If you wish to apply for trusted provider status on behalf of your organisation, please complete the questionnaire and list of submitted applications and return these to email@example.com.