European Accreditation means the decision by UEMS-EACCME® that a CME activity, event, programme or e-learning material has fulfilled the UEMS-EACCME® quality requirements. A CME activity or e-learning material will be accredited by UEMS-EACCME® if it has a high quality scientific content, if it is free of commercial bias and has an appropriate educational approach.
The added value of UEMS-EACCME® lies in its central link and bridging role. From the point of view of the Providers of events, the accreditation process is less resource-consuming and easier since they do not have to apply to every National Accreditation Authorities (NAA) to have an event recognised in every European country.
On the basis of UEMS-EACCME® accreditation, the approval from the NAA of the country where the event takes place will be recognised in all the other European countries. Consequently, the added value rests in the international dimension that is given to an event. More participants from other countries and also from the USA / Canada would be interested in participating in their meetings.
CME accreditation granted by the UEMS-EACCME® also provides a guarantee to participants from all over the world that the content of the CME provided is of a high quality, unbiased and didactic and, for European doctors, that this quality will be recognised in their home country.
The UEMS recognises that considerable advances are being made in the methodologies by which CME and CPD can be provided, and by which these educational opportunities are accessed by doctors. For this reason, the UEMS has agreed in principle to the accreditation by the EACCME® of new media for the delivery of CME-CPD, that go beyond traditional lectures, symposia and conferences.
Since the UEMS-EACCME® is an institution of the UEMS which formally represents European countries, its credits are recognised by National Accreditation Authorities in Europe. As UEMS-EACCME® accreditation concerns only EU-wide and international CME-CPD activities, it is not competitive but rather complementary to the competence and activities of National Accreditation Authorities.