CME Accreditation Resources

Resources for Accreditation


TMA Accreditation Manual 
Accreditation is official recognition by a state medical association or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education that an organization’s overall program of physician CME meets established criteria for educational planning and quality.

Accreditation Fees
Fees related to accreditation

ACCME/AMA Glossary of Terms and Definitions

AMA Physician Recognition Award Booklet

AMA Frequently Asked Questions - For CME Providers

AMA Frequently Asked Questions – AMA-ACCME Alignment and Simplification

Accreditation Criteria

Terms and Definitions
Terms and definitions to support understanding of ACCME/TMA's accreditation criteria.

Sample CME Activity Development Timetable

Sample planning tasks for CME activity development. 

Mission Statement (Criterion 1)

CME Mission Statement
Resources for Implementing the ACCME/TMA Updated Accreditation Criteria

Planning (Criteria 2-10)

List of Desirable Physician Attributes (Criterion 6)
Some examples of desirable physician attributes

Activity Planning Worksheet
An example of a planning process to incorporate ACCME/TMA's updated accreditation criteria. 

Evaluation (Criteria 11-13)

Activity Evaluation
The provider must evaluate the effectiveness of its CME activities in meeting identified educational needs

Overall CME Program Evaluation
The provider must evaluate the effectiveness of its overall CME program and make improvements to the program.  

Standards for Commercial Support (Criteria 7-10)

Strategies and Reminders

Disclosure & Resolution of Conflicts of Interest 
Use this flowchart at the beginning of your planning process for CME activities to ensure independence from ACCME-defined commercial interests.

Resolution of COI in RSS
For resolution of conflicts of interest in regularly scheduled conferences/series, e.g. case conferences, journal clubs.

Sample Forms

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships 
For disclosure of relevant financial relationships by speakers, authors and planners of CME activities.

Speaker Letter
Sample speaker confirmation letter

Sample Speaker Letter COI
Sample letter to speaker with possible conflict of interest

Disclosure to Learners
Speaker introduction and disclosure to learners for verbal disclosure using moderator form.

Honoraria Policy
It is appropriate for faculty of conferences and enduring materials to accept reasonable honoraria and to accept reimbursement for reasonable travel, lodging, and meal expenses. The amount of honoraria should not be influenced by representatives of industry or other financial contributors to the activity.

Letter of Agreement LOA 
Written agreement for commercial support.

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Resources for Accreditation with Commendation

General and Implementation Timeline 
Accredited CME providers have the option to aim to achieve Accreditation with Commendation. The goal is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes. Providers that earn this distinction are awarded a six-year accreditation term.   

There are 16 commendation criteria, divided into 5 categories: Promotes Team-based Education, Addresses Public Health Priorities, Enhances Skills, Demonstrates Educational Leadership, and Achieves Outcomes. To be eligible for Accreditation with Commendation, CME providers will need to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice, from any category—plus one criterion from the Achieves Outcomes category—for a total of eight criteria from the Menu of Commendation Criteria.

Note: As of September 2019, Criteria 16-22 (previous commendation criteria) are no longer available for accredited providers to use to pursue commendation. 

Additional information is available in the TMA Accreditation Manual.  


Check out the library of FAQs, Compliance Examples, and videos provided by ACCME. 

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Documents for Initial Accreditation and Reaccreditation

Initial Accreditation

Information and Pre-Application for Initial Accreditation
Information and Pre-Application for first-time applicants.  


Guide to the Process for Accreditation
Instructions for providers receiving accreditation decisions from the Texas Medical Association for the Self-Study Report, Performance-in-Practice and Interview.

Self-Study Report — Reaccreditation and Initial Accreditation 
Form for providers receiving accreditation decisions from the Texas Medical Association.

Self-Study Report — Accreditation with Commendation
Form for providers pursuing accreditation with commendation.


TMA Performance-in-Practice Structured Abstract
Includes requirements and instructions for using the structured abstract for the activity file review for providers receiving accreditation decisions from the Texas Medical Association

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Last Updated On

December 06, 2019