CME and CME Accreditation in 5 Major European Countries
The survey of CME/CPPD in the major markets of Europe was conducted by Wentz/Miller & Associates' Dr. Helios Pardell, head of Spain's CME Accreditation Council. The survey results, which was presented first at the annual conference of the Alliance for CME in San Francisco, Jan. 29, are based on responses from the following CME leaders for their countries:
FRANCE - Hervé Maisonneuve, Yves Matillon
The demography of each country follows:
The main providers of CME in the entire region are:
However, there is a wide variation by country, illustrated here:
Financial backers across the 5 countries were:
And once again, there were variations by country:
Is there a CME system and how does it work?
In Spain and the UK, the national health authority is responsible for the accreditation system, working with the medical societies (and in Spain, with universities and the ministry of education). In Germany and Italy, medical associations are responsible for the system. All 4 countries accredit both on-site and distance learning, with credits based on hours and type of event.
Is CME mandatory? Yes, in Germany, Italy and Spain - - and by law in France, though not yet implemented. In the UK, CME is part of the revalidation requirement, as it also is in Germany (though not yet implemented). In Germany, Italy and the UK, physicians are compelled to collect a minimum number of credits; in Spain there is a recommendation but no requirement. Penalty in Germany is temporary license suspension.
Finally, is there regulation of commercial sponsorship of CME? The answer is Yes -- everywhere but France, although the regulation differs in strength. This survey did not address the requirements of the European Accreditation Council for CME, which also has restrictions.