Massachusetts Medical Society: Designation/Accreditation Statements

Designation/Accreditation Statements

Accreditation Statement
The accreditation statement must appear on all CME activity materials and brochures distributed by accredited organizations, except that the accreditation statement does not need to be included on initial, save-the-date type activity announcements. Such announcements contain only general, preliminary information about the activity such as the date, location, and title. If more specific information is included, such as faculty and objectives, the accreditation statement must be included.

The MMS accreditation statement is as follows:
For Directly Provided Activities:
“The  (name  of  accredited  provider)  is  accredited  by  the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide   continuing medical  education  for  physicians.”

For Jointly Provided Activities:
 “This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society through   the   joint   providership of   (name   of   accredited   provider)   and (name of non-accredited provider).  The (name of accredited provider) is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

There is no "co-providership" accreditation statement. If two or more accredited providers are working in collaboration on a CME activity, one provider must take responsibility for the compliance of that activity. Co-provided CME activities should use the directly provided activity statement, naming the one accredited provider that is responsible for the activity. The MMS has no policy regarding specific ways in which providers may acknowledge the involvement of other accredited providers in their CME activities.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The AMA Credit Designation Statement indicates to physicians that the activity has been certified by an accredited CME provider as being in compliance with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ requirements. 

The AMA Credit Designation Statement must be written without paraphrasing and be listed separately from accreditation or other statements. The following AMA Credit Designation Statement must be included in relevant announcement and activity materials:

"The [name of accredited CME provider] designates this [learning format] for a maximum of [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity." 

The learning format listed in the Credit Designation Statement must be one of the following AMA approved learning formats: 

  1. Live activity 
  2. Enduring material 
  3. Journal-based CME activity 
  4. Test-item writing activity 
  5. Manuscript review activity 
  6. PI CME activity 
  7. Internet point-of-care activity 

Use of phrase “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™” 
The phrase “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit” is a trademark of the American Medical Association. Accredited CME providers must always use the complete italicized, trademarked phrase. The phrase “Category 1 Credit” must never be used when referring to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

For activities eligible for Risk Management Study
You may use the following: 
This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study. OR  [number of credits] meet the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine's for risk management study.

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