MMS Joint Sponsorship Overview

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) may, at its own discretion, enter into joint sponsor agreements with non-accredited providers, when the submitted activities align with the CME mission statement and the joint sponsor agrees to abide by all policies of the MMS in its Joint Sponsorship Agreement.

The submitted educational activities must be designed to improve physician competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes.  All potential joint sponsors must be familiar with the ACCME's Standards for Commercial SupportSM and must submit an Initial Application for Submitting an Activity for Review and an Activity Planning Document 5-6 months prior to the start date of the activity.  The MMS Committee on Sponsored Programs carefully reviews all submissions and approves activities based on several review criteria.  The Committee reserves the right not to approve an activity for joint sponsorship. Organizations wishing to consider jointly sponsoring an activity with the MMS should, after careful review of the documentation below, following the Instructions for Submitting an Activity for Review .

The MMS will not consider joint sponsorship with organizations wishing to present activities that promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients. The MMS will not sponsor or jointly sponsor a CME activity devoted to advocacy of unscientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy. The MMS will not jointly sponsor a CME activity with a commercial interest (any organization that produces, markets, re-sells or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or use on, patients).  For more information, visit

Note: the submitted activity must be open to attendance by MMS members.

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