Mutual recognition agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA)

The UEMS-EACCME® and the AMA recognize each other’s CME credits since 2000.


In 2002 the UEMS-EACCME®® and the AMA signed an agreement of mutual recognition of CME credits between Europe and the USA whereby European physicians attending an event in the USA have their credits recognised in Europe and American physicians attending an event in Europe have their credits recognised in the USA.


This agreement was renewed in 2006 and in July 2010, each time for a further period of 4 years.


An important development of the 2010 renewal is the inclusion of e-learning materials in the agreement.


E-learning activities need to be certified for credit by the process in place where the CME provider is based, i.e. AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for U.S. CME providers and ECMEC credit for organizations in countries that are represented by the UEMS.


The issue of territoriality is very important; both organizations are fully responsible for the activities taking place or organized in their remit. The UEMS-EACCME® is the central body for accrediting events in Europe and the AMA is the central body for accrediting events in the USA.


Following the agreement on the mutual recognition of credits between the American Medical Association and the UEMS-EACCME®:

European physicians can earn their ECMEC®s by attending live events :

  • worldwide that have been granted ECMEC®s through the UEMS-EACCME® procedure.

  • worldwide, except in Europe, that have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

and completing e-learning programs :

  • from providers from all over the world except in the United States, that have been granted ECMEC®s through the UEMS-EACCME® procedure.

  • from accredited providers from the United States, that have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

US physicians can earn their AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by attending live events :

  • worldwide that have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

  • worlwide, except in the US, that have been granted ECMEC®s through the UEMS-EACCME® procedure. ECMEC®s can be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by contacting the AMA (see below).

and completing e-learning programs :

  • from accredited providers in the US, that have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

  • from providers from Europe that have been granted ECMEC®s through the UEMS-EACCME® procedure. ECMEC®s can be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by contacting the AMA (see below).

  • A procedure for the conversion from ECMEC®s into AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ is in place (go to http://www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme) and a procedure for the conversion of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ into ECMEC®s will be installed when appropriate.