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Accreditation rules safeguard continuing medical education from commercial influence
  1. Graham T McMahon
  1. Correspondence to Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), 515 N. State Street, Suite 1801, Chicago, IL 60654, USA; gmcmahon{at}

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Meixel et al1 make several misleading and unsupported claims about continuing medical education (CME) in their opinion piece.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) exists to set and monitor the standards that, among other goals, ensure that educational programmes offered by organisations that we accredit are independent and free of commercial bias.

The authors claim that ‘Continuing medical education (CME) courses are an important part of promotion prior to drug approval and have become a key marketing tool for increasing clinician receptivity to new products’, …

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