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Internet CME Policy


To be in compliance with the ACCME Policy on Internet CME, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) requires that General CME Information must be transmitted to the learner prior to the educational activity. For electronic activities including Internet, DVD, satellite broadcasts, iPods, etc., the following are required:

  • ASSH may not place their CME activities on a website owned or controlled by a commercial interest (CI).
  • Web-based General CME Information must be transmitted to the learner prior to the educational activity. This means learners must read all required CME information prior to entering the CME activity.

Required CME Information includes:

  • Planner/faculty disclosure information
  • Accreditation Statement
  • AMA PRA statement
  • Learning Objectives
  • Release and expiration dates as well as review and re-release dates
  • Medium or media used
  • Requirements for participation
  • Hardware and software requirements
  • ASSH’s contact information
  • Privacy policy and confidentiality
  • Copyright that serves to document that ASSH owns the copyright for the CME materials provided in the CME activity or a statement of permission to use the copyrighted materials from another source

Links to Product Websites

ASSH may provide links to pharmaceutical or device manufacturer product websites if the link is provided in the manner described below:

  • There must be clear notification that the learner is leaving the educational website.
  • The link may be provided before or after the CME activity but cannot be embedded within the content of the CME activity.
No advertisements may occur within the CME content of an educational activity. This includes the following:
  • Banner ads
  • Subliminal ads
  • Pop-up window ads

For web-based activities, including enduring or live Internet activities, ads and promotional materials may not be visible on the screen at the same time as the content or CME information is provided.  It cannot be interleafed between computer windows.

This policy was approved by ASSH Council on October 2013

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